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"There was sectarian conflict — violent sectarian conflict — in Iraq when there were 150,000 US troops on the ground there. So the idea that this would not be happening if there were 10,000 troops in Iraq I think bears scrutiny,"
Even the most hawkish Republicans aren't suggesting putting American boots on the ground in Iraq or Syria, acutely aware of war weariness back home.
Afghans who experience violence at the hands of NATO forces become less supportive of these forces and more supportive of the Taliban. But Afghans who experience violence at the hands of the Taliban don’t react nearly as strongly against the Taliban.