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Leaving Afghanistan

Season 1
When America finally withdrew its troops from Afghanistan in August 2021, it was the culmination of almost 20 years of attempts to end the war. What started as a mission to capture Osama Bin Laden, ended with four presidents trying to find a way to end a campaign that killed thousands of troops and civilians and destroyed a nation. Now insiders and experts tell of the story of this disastrous war.
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  1. S1 E1 - No Way Out
    August 12, 2022
    President Obama campaigned on a promise to bring American troops back home from Afghanistan. But he soon found himself embroiled in battles with military chiefs convinced that more troops were needed to end the war. Those at the heart of the campaign reveal how the president desperately tried to find a solution. But by the time Obama left office, the troops were no closer to returning.
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  2. S1 E2 - End Game
    August 12, 2022
    President Trump came to power promising to bring all American troops back home. Ignoring advice, he negotiated with the Taliban and agreed to unilateral withdrawal from Afghanistan. Surprising many, newly elected President Biden then stuck to Trump's plan. The result was the sudden removal of troops that resulted in the collapse of a nation and terrifying scenes that shocked the world.
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Jack MacInnes
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