Immediately after 9/11, the US raided Afghanistan, and the resulting “pit of war” started when Afghan armed rebel and terrorist group, the Taliban, successfully counterattacked. Since then, the Taliban’s forces have expanded to now virtually control over 50% of Afghanistan’s territory, reigning and continuing to expand through terrorism, violence, and fundamentalist Islamic law.
Now, Trump’s government is negotiating directly with the Taliban. War expenses and casualties are key topics.
In recent peace talks, the US and the Taliban have agreed to a peace agreement draft. The Taliban also hope to discuss the establishment of a new regime with the Afghan government.
The Afghan War, which started18 years ago, upon the US invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, is seemingly about to end. The war in Afghanistan is the longest war ever fought by the United States, even longer than the Vietnam War, which lasted 13 years.
Afghanistan has already suffered from the invasion of great powers like Britain and Russia since the 19th century. The agreement draws attention from the world on whether a chapter of modern Afghan history, marked by foreign aggression, can be finalized, and peace can be settled.
However, after 18 years of fighting with the Taliban, the United States is facing with criticism that it is leaving Afghanistan in the hands of a belligerent enemy.
Afghan-American diplomat Khalilzad said that the United States agreed with the Taliban to draft a peace treaty that included the withdrawal of about 5,000 troops from Afghanistan and closure of five bases within 135 days. If the peace treaty ends smoothly with the approval of President Donald Trump, the United States will begin this process.
In return, the Taliban promised that Afghanistan would not be used when international terrorist groups like Al’Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS) simulate attacks on the United States or its allies.
However, for the United States, it has been difficult to avoid criticism for handing Afghanistan over to the Taliban and leaving Afghanistan after 18 years of war. The astronomical costs of war and the many casualties left behind are a burden to the United States.
BBC News quoted US Department of Defense statistics saying that the US military expenditure for the Afghan war had reached $760 billion USD by March 2019.
BBC News also added that, after the war started, more than 2,300 American soldiers have been killed and about 2,500 have been injured. According to the United Nations Assistance Mission, in Afghanistan, since 2009, more than 32,000 citizens have been killed and more than 60,000 citizens injured. These statics have only been calculated from 2009 onwards, since that was when the statistics of casualties started to be systemized and organized.
Source: Yonhap News, BBC News
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Psalm 51:17).
Dear God, the Afghanistan war, which has lasted for 18 years, is about to end. But in Afghanistan, the violent and radical fundamentalist terrorist group the Taliban remain.
Since the 19th century, Afghanistan has suffered from the occupation of world powers such as Britain and Russia (the Soviet Union), and has been under the bridle of Islam for over 1000 years. We declare that Afghanistan’s only hope is our Lord, Yeshua!
Lord, let Jesus Christ be spread to every corner of Afghanistan. In the eyes of the world, the Taliban seem to dominate this land more and more as time passes. However, we hold onto our God who loves Afghanistan and who turns evil into good.
May the only Savior Yeshua be preached quickly through Afghanistan.
Actually, Afghanistan is currently a center of spiritual revival right now. It is the 2nd fastest growing church in the world, right behind Iran.
May the Afghan church become an example to the world church as it is shining bright in this dark time!
When the souls of Afghanistan come to you, God, with a broken heart and bitterness and repentance, do not despise their hearts but accept them.
For many years, Lord, you have awaited the salvation of the people of Afghanistan. Would you spread out your great and powerful hand and lead them to the way of life!
God, would you allow the Korean church and other churches who can’t go to Afghanistan right now to go to this land with the gospel.
We trust and praise God, who will raise up the global church to serve Afghanistan. Then may the Afghan church, through serving the global church of Christ, bring the gospel back to Jerusalem! Amen!