Washington Post stories of Dec. 9, 2019

U.S. officials misled public about Afghan war, confidential documents reveal

For nearly two decades of fighting in Afghanistan, U.S. leaders have sounded a constant refrain: We are making progress. They were not, documents from government interviews show, and they knew it. The Post obtained records from more than 400 of the interviews after a three-year legal battle. The documents reveal that people who were directly involved in the war could not shake their doubts about the strategy and mission.

By Craig Whitlock  ●  Read more »

Explore the Afghanistan documents by topic

The interviews and memos reveal a secret, unvarnished history of the conflict and offer new insights into how three presidential administrations have failed for nearly two decades to deliver on their promises to end the war.

By Craig Whitlock  ●  Read more »

The Afghanistan Papers: A secret history of America’s longest war

After a three-year legal battle, The Post obtains hundreds of records of candid interviews assessing the war in Afghanistan and its failures.

Post Reports | Listen Now  ●  By The Washington Post  ●  Read more »



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