Proclaiming End of Combat in Afghanistan Doesn't Necessarily Make It So

December 29, 2014 9:28 PM

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Proclaiming End of Combat in Afghanistan Doesn't Necessarily Make It So

Intelligence predicted we’d most likely land under fire. As our Black Hawk descended to its touchdown along the Afghan-Pakistan border, through the window I caught a glimpse of men with beards standing next to SUVs.

But their weapons were pointed down, not up. I exhaled. They were our bearded men - U.S. Special Forces – not Taliban or al Qaeda. Minutes before the assault, they had secured our landing zone without opposition.

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