Trump Is Probably Right — the US Is Losing in Afghanistan - NBC New York
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

Trump Is Probably Right — the US Is Losing in Afghanistan

The Taliban still controls much of the country's territory

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Meet Four Inspiring Kids Tackling Cancer
    Scott Olson / Getty Images
    In this file photo, U.S. Army Soldier, SGT Kurtis Scheinder keeps watch from inside an Afghan National Army outpost on March 29, 2014 near Pul-e Alam, Afghanistan.

    President Donald Trump has expressed frustrations regarding the war in Afghanistan, and recently suggested firing the war’s top military commander, NBC News reported.

    In a meeting last month, Trump told senior administration officials “we aren’t winning. We are losing.”

    By most measures, the president is correct.

    The nearly 16 year long war — the longest in US history — has resulted in 2,216 American deaths and cost taxpayers an estimated $714 billion.

    Alabama Candidates Cast Their Ballots

    [NATL] Alabama Candidates Cast Their Ballots

    Republican Roy Moore, facing numerous allegations of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, and Democrat Doug Jones cast their ballots in the vote that will send one of them to the U.S. Senate. NBC's Chris Pollone reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017)

    Meanwhile, the U.S. backed Afghan government controls less than 60 percent of the country, according to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction, a government watchdog group.

    The Taliban maintains a strong hold over much of the other territory.