Never before has a US war dragged on as long as the US deployment in Afghanistan. And for soldiers who signed up right before or right after the conflict began, that means the prospect of serving their entire 20-year commitment moving from deployment to deployment.
The flow of migrants and refugees into Europe is not slowing down. Thousands are sleeping at bottlenecks along various international frontiers. Cold, driving rain is creating what the UN is calling a real humanitarian crisis.
When Taliban insurgents seized control of Kunduz last month, they went door-to-door targeting women who work outside the home. Female workers of one aid group knew the risk and escaped — and now plan to return to continue supporting other survivors.
President Obama has announced that thousands of US troops will remain in Afghanistan through the remainder of his presidency — ending his plans to bring them home. Veterans are divided on the wisdom of the plan.