Why US military won’t leave Afghanistan

Afghanistan — a geopolitically strategic country with a massive wealth of untapped mineral resources — serves as a conduit for Central Asian gas and oil and a source for the opium trade as well an essential staging ground for US imperialism’s effort to destabilize the heart of Eurasia, says Professor Dennis Etler, an American political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Etler, a professor of Anthropology at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Tuesday while commenting on US President Donald Trump’s new Afghan strategy.

In a clear U-turn from his campaign pledges to end the now 16-year occupation of Afghanistan, Trump said Monday that his views had changed since entering the White House and that he would continue the military intervention “as long as we see determination and progress” in Afghanistan.

Professor Etler said, “In a word it amounts to the…

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