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Could we have done more? Veterans share mixed feelings about U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan

Veterans of the conflict in the Afghanistan region are processing mixed emotions about the U.S. pulling out after nearly two decades of war.

Some said they’re troubled by the chaotic end to America’s longest war with its enemy emerging as the victor. Others expressed their relief that the U.S. and other Western countries are closing their missions and flying their personnel and citizens to safety.

Many are pained for Afghans who are trying to flee the country after the Taliban took control of the country and dethroned the Western-backed government.

Read on for reporters Melanie Burney and Marina Affo’s story about how veterans are processing the troop withdrawing.

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