"Al Qaeda attacked us on 9/11. That's why I and so many other people joined the military, to go after Al Qaeda. Not the Taliban," Gabbard explained.
Afghanistan will likely never become an American-style democracy. But the U.S. must ensure its peace agreement with the Taliban allows no return to the status quo ante.
While not uncommon, the request comes at a moment of high tension in Washington as Democrats grow increasingly frustrated by what they view as the Trump administration's obstruction of their oversight responsibilities.
"We have not begun any peace talks with the Afghan government at all," retired four-star General Jack Keane said. "That is going to be very, very complicated, and we've got a long road in front of us."
"I'm sad that I'm losing track of all the people I know who have been killed in action. I'm sad and angry," said a former U.S. Army EOD soldier. "I'm sad that he's gone and angry that I can't switch places with him."
By hosting direct talks with the Taliban, a former U.S. ambassador to Kabul said, "We have ourselves delegitimized the government we claim to support."
The drafted framework is tentative but appears to be the closest the parties have come to reaching an agreement to end a 17-year war that has killed tens of thousands.
"We cannot recall a more absurd misstatement of history by an American President," The Wall Street Journal wrote, criticizing the president for a rambling, dishonest characterization of the Soviet presence in Afghanistan.
"The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia," Trump said. "They were right to be there."
The number of U.S. troops will be halved in Afghanistan, even as the Taliban grows increasingly bold.
An apparent insider attack struck the governor's palace in Kandahar, leaving a prominent police chief dead shortly after he met a top U.S. general.
A "devastating" new intelligence estimate on Afghanistan will give Trump cover to order a complete retreat, analysts fear.
Bryant Neal Viñas wanted to die a suicide bomber but was rejected due to his lack of "religious knowledge."
This surprise visit was his fourth visit to the country.
Abu Sayed Orakzai was killed along with several fellow fighters on August 25.
U.S. helicopters and drones buzzed overhead as Afghan soldiers attempted to force militants out of the eastern city of Ghazni.
Afghan General Mohammad Radmanish said elite troops are being sent to the western province that borders Iran.
The 65-year-old hopes to become prime minister as Pakistanis head to the polls.