Exclusive: A secret history of the war in Afghanistan, revealed

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For nearly two decades of fighting in Afghanistan, U.S. leaders have sounded a constant refrain: We are making progress. Government interview records obtained by The Washington Post after a three-year legal battle show otherwise. Read more: wapo.st/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents. Subscribe to The Washington Post on ISpulse: wapo.st/2QOdcqK
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  1. Maryam Hussain
    Maryam Hussain
    10 dögum síðan

    war czar? what a title

  2. Candy Coated Suicide
    Candy Coated Suicide
    21 degi síðan síðan

    what does it mean at the end .... "There are some minor discrepancies between the transcripts and audio recording of the interviews"??

  3. Robert Grégoire
    Robert Grégoire
    22 dögum síðan

    Crazy to think that in this day and age, the only reliable source of information on sensitive issues come from investigative journalism. No wonder the political elite keep on heeping insults and debasing those media at every occasion.

  4. Timbo T
    Timbo T
    22 dögum síðan

    Only 100k views??

  5. Richard Clark
    Richard Clark
    26 dögum síðan

    We weren't trying to slow roll the process. Mean while 3 years later ....

  6. lazylad 90
    lazylad 90
    27 dögum síðan

    Afghanistan has always had wars. It will never stop there's no profit in peace. 10 or 20 years time it will be involved in another war

  7. Nameless Person
    Nameless Person
    Mánuði síðan

    whose here after Tulsi 2020 town hall mentions?

  8. Duane Reed
    Duane Reed
    Mánuði síðan

    Seens like when brokers churn your account to make money, the MIC churns WARS to do the same (!)

  9. Saitama
    2 mánuðum síðan

    *GOOGLE the share prices of raytheon and lockheed martin* and see them on a 20 yr scale thank me later

  10. mjoto
    2 mánuðum síðan

    There was an 18 year old boy. His first 5 years he got everything he ever wanted in life. And every year of those 18 years Santa brought him every present he ever wanted. Year 6 he got an Xbox. Year 7 he got a DS. Year 8 he got a Playstation. Year 9 he got an awesome PC. By year 10 he was getting large sums of cash with the presents but on his 12th birthday he notices an ache and pain in his butt region. So he told his parents and they said. "Do you like getting presents and money?" He said "yes". His parents told him to never mention the pain again. Years later on his 18th Christmas he woke up to find no presents under the tree and that his parents were getting large sums of money to let an imposter Santa claus rape their son. This is the story of how Americans paid for the war and why they dont want to talk about it.

  11. Christopher Norris
    Christopher Norris
    2 mánuðum síðan


  12. Reticuli
    2 mánuðum síðan

    Natural gas pipelines from Azerbaijan.

  13. zelen plav
    zelen plav
    2 mánuðum síðan

    The coporations run our government and economics. Our two party system is a smoke screen because the powers that be call all the shots. That is why things keep getting worse not better. The welfare of our people is not on the agenda.

  14. joseph smith
    joseph smith
    2 mánuðum síðan

    We had special forces and cia contacts that ran osama and most of his men out within 90 days we shouldve left then

  15. zelen plav
    zelen plav
    2 mánuðum síðan

    Trump, the panderer to the masses, divide, conquer and give them entertainment, cheap food and dumbing down education.

  16. zelen plav
    zelen plav
    2 mánuðum síðan

    A lot of people realized all this stuff as it was happening. Bush and his propaganda and lies, the Axis of Evil is right here. Mostly Americans swallow political BS. Ignorant of History, economics and politics.

  17. joseph smith
    joseph smith
    2 mánuðum síðan

    Like rome the empire is based on constant warfare ww2 was the last necessary war however intervention in genocides i belive should have intervention but regime change etc shouldnt b our job

  18. Minimax
    2 mánuðum síðan

    great work!

  19. howtobebasic 2
    howtobebasic 2
    2 mánuðum síðan

    who fought in Afghanistan?

  20. Francis Chiew
    Francis Chiew
    2 mánuðum síðan

    The Inspector General should go to jail!!!

  21. Kendrick V
    Kendrick V
    2 mánuðum síðan

    Imagine the pain of those who lost their loved ones there...hearing all of this. Another needless war in america's history.

  22. Salamander
    2 mánuðum síðan

    First, it should be said that the itelligenace and military officals are largely conservative-nationalist despite that the media never challenges them on their supposed objectivity and partisanship. This is important because once you uncover all the truths about our wars, they will always resort to the tired conservative-nationalist argument that well if we're not in there then it will be our enemies in these places and that will be much worse. The assumption that the world is better off with America as the world police is clearly flawed. Blunder after blunder we do not appear to be winning, and this mentality will tolerate all blunders just as long as the russians and the chinese don't get their hands on what we assume is rightfully ours. The fact is we will never know alternatives unless we seek them; perhaps there are more multi-lateral ones we can approach. We can be fairly certain though, alone or at the helm we will commit blunder after blunder.

  23. Tom Forest
    Tom Forest
    2 mánuðum síðan

    You can’t trust Washington Post fake, lies . Bias hateful racist liberals. Washington Post and all media that back stabs every Republican out here in America we don’t and won’t trust your media ever again

  24. Abdullahi Abdulkadir Mohamad islawayn
    Abdullahi Abdulkadir Mohamad islawayn
    2 mánuðum síðan

    Don't open a hidden bad door to America. Iran isn't alone .Americas foolishness actions can unite Muslim countries around the world. We are not like what you are thinking us. Please stop the endless ,foolishness war towards the Muslim countries or wait the last action. USA.

  25. Lasha Chakhunashvili
    Lasha Chakhunashvili
    2 mánuðum síðan

    “History doesn't repeat itself but it often rhymes.” Mark Twain

  26. junaid
    2 mánuðum síðan

    Those people,who divided USSR into 15,how can America win the war 12000miles away. Afghan and Pakistan knows how to treat Americans.

  27. ShinetheLightofTruth
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Afghanistan grows quality Poppy's

  28. Sideshow Bob
    Sideshow Bob
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Coming in another 18 years: the Iran papers

    1. Trippy TV
      Trippy TV
      3 mánuðum síðan

      Don't think itll be the same lol

  29. tina
    3 mánuðum síðan

    The American empire with its mighty military can't defeat Ak-47 armed tribesmen in Afghanistan. The Empire ended in 2001

  30. The One
    The One
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Establishment Democrat and Republican have kept the wars going. Trump can't get us out. Look what they did when Trump wanted to get out of Syria.

  31. The One
    The One
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Time to finish it, stomp iran!

  32. Sniffer Biden
    Sniffer Biden
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Any pretty girl want an copy of the PDFs?! Leave email plz

  33. ame7272
    3 mánuðum síðan

    It's not just the war in Afghanistan. You've been misled and lied to about almost everything. But people refuse to see that. Enjoy living in denial.

  34. Efrain aceves Tijuana
    Efrain aceves Tijuana
    3 mánuðum síðan

    gasolina gasolina gasolina gasolina gasolina

  35. James Lumley
    James Lumley
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Could there just maybe be a connection between the opoid crisis in America and why our country has stayed in Afghanistan so long?

  36. Nick 777
    Nick 777
    3 mánuðum síðan

    We must restore the Jedi order. Only at that point will we have peace.

  37. denise salt
    denise salt
    3 mánuðum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="288">4:48</a> is a picture on Angela Merkel on his desk? Anyway, shady American government. Not shocked they lied to us. Anyone who ever served knows that the public never knows everything.

  38. Sujeong Kwak
    Sujeong Kwak
    3 mánuðum síðan

    "We didn't know who we were fighting, why we were fighting, and what we hoped to accomplish". This makes my blood boil. The people in charge of the war didn't know the point of the war. Then instead of ending the war, they hid this information and lied to the public. F*ck. Kudos to the Washington Post for obtaining, reading, and cross checking the 400 papers.

  39. Hell Hound
    Hell Hound
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Iran helped with the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    1. Murtaza Bijani
      Murtaza Bijani
      3 mánuðum síðan

      Hell Hound shhhh, don’t tell the current administration’s propaganda department! 🤫

  40. Scott Curtis
    Scott Curtis
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Pretty simple actually. For some reason, they all have to keep the Military Industrial Complex turning and burning. A reason they don't learn about until they obtain their offices. This reason, is the key to most of the USA's problems and difficulties. Most successful democracies are not dealing with this "reason." Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy warned us long ago.

  41. Djobo Kuwali
    Djobo Kuwali
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Posted three weeks before this whole Iran thing went down....hmmm

  42. Wesley Sandel
    Wesley Sandel
    3 mánuðum síðan

    The United States of Shithole, capital of murdering, torturing trash. haw haw haw

  43. Flankymanga
    3 mánuðum síðan

    The war in Afghanistan was just a front. Front for US ARMY to get into central Asia region, establish a foothold, control the production and distribution of opium and have a base in case of Russia or China acting badly. This is why it is the longest war in American history. Because it is fought only to give Americans a reason to stay there as long as possible.

  44. Reality Check
    Reality Check
    3 mánuðum síðan

    You don't bomb an entire country to capture one group much less one man, that's regime change. The majority of those involved in the 9/11 attacks were Saudi's, not Afghani or Iraqi. Destroying an established regime/government leaves a vacuum/chaos; a comprehensive plan includes competent professionals working with indigenous government authorities, that didn't occur.

  45. AmericanCoverArtist
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Stop the wars!!! End US imperialism. We dont own the world. What have our allies in the Middle east done for us?

  46. Matthew Kroelinger
    Matthew Kroelinger
    3 mánuðum síðan

    The IG for SIGAR is right on when he talks about the delay. This is common among Agencies when they don't have classification authority. You need to send it back to people you believe are the original classification authorities and get their input. Those OCAs are not looking at a Lessons Learned agency as the top priority when they are fighting a war. Unfortunately that makes it appear that their is grandstanding when in fact it's just a system that can be very slow. Having said that, I want to thank the Washington Post for their reporting on Afghanistan and Iraq. Many people my age know someone or know of someone who passed away from fighting in these wars. Several people I knew from high school passed away fighting, and I know several others who are dealing with severe PTSD and other traumatic events. The toll from continuously leading us into these wars are insurmountable. This will be felt decades upon decades later in the support and care we owe these veterans and their families, and the trust lost from the people to the government. It's no secret that I'm no big fan of corporate media like the Times or the Post, but this reporting is spot on. Thanks again!

  47. Anand Prahlad
    Anand Prahlad
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Why quit war when the cost is borne by the taxpayer?

  48. EA
    3 mánuðum síðan

    We practicing

  49. Kelli
    3 mánuðum síðan

    If the war is financed with our taxes we have a right to every piece of information related to it.

  50. sumerbc
    3 mánuðum síðan

    This is why the war is ongoing... the military industrial complex/Pentagon needs a open battle field to test and experiment their new weapons designs.... and they make money supplying the U.S. with weapons to conduct war every year it's ongoing... good for defense stocks....

  51. Amartya Roy
    Amartya Roy
    3 mánuðum síðan

    I feel bad for the soldiers and their families who lost their lives for nothing in order to serve their country.

  52. Brock Madigan
    Brock Madigan
    3 mánuðum síðan

    so when do the criminals come up for trial? oh they're politicians who are above the law..my bad.

  53. PakAllied Mark
    PakAllied Mark
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Israel, India, contractors and Afghan war loads are winning.(in broader sense). USSR killed 1.5 and US 1.2 Afghanistan peoples (think about it )

  54. La Jeffe Shaxx Jones
    La Jeffe Shaxx Jones
    3 mánuðum síðan

    It's insane that Afghanistan was thriving until the Russians came. Then the Taliban came to defend the people from the Russians and they brought their insane religious beliefs and turned the country back hundreds of years. It's so sad!

  55. Joe Barber
    Joe Barber
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Omg, they got Werner Herzog!

  56. Guy in front of a green background
    Guy in front of a green background
    3 mánuðum síðan

    We went to Afghanistan for GOD, gold, oil, and drugs (mainly the opium grown and harvested there)

  57. Brian Anderson
    Brian Anderson
    3 mánuðum síðan

    This should have 50 million views. Unfortunately, it has only 120,000. Hence why the United States and its military will continue to be the greatest threat to global stability on the planet. The citizenry has no interest; we have dumbed down and anesthetized ourselves with meaningless entertainment, sports, very poor news reporting in general, and technology. Our drone program--supported by Western Europe--easily yields more "collateral damage" than any other country on Earth, with maybe the exception of Saudi Arabia (think of the horrors they are forcing on Yemen, which is largely funded by the US) or maybe North Korea (in terms of starving and maiming their own internal population.) We are no longer considered by some to be a consolidated liberal democracy, but instead have become not much better in many ways than emerging democracies if you consider income and wealth inequality, the prison-industrial complex, the usurpation of voting rights by many US states, and a substantial decrease in spending on social programs as we continue to cut taxes for the top 5%, and increase military budgets. And now, just as authoritarians lie, we have been systematically lied to for 18 years abut this completely useless engagement, which cost at least $1 trillion and has stolen the lives of 2,500 and permanently injured 20,000 Americans. And we think we're a liberal democracy? Please.

  58. shannon mullis
    shannon mullis
    3 mánuðum síðan

    There was no exit strategy because they didn't want to leave the opium rich country. Notice the opioid epidemic started right after the occupation of Afghanistan.

  59. Matt Orfalea
    Matt Orfalea
    3 mánuðum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="720">12:00</a> didn’t even know why we were fighting the taliban

  60. Matt Orfalea
    Matt Orfalea
    3 mánuðum síðan

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="470">7:50</a> “progress”...”our strategy is succeeding”

  61. edgar espinoza
    edgar espinoza
    3 mánuðum síðan


  62. Fuuuk the Establishment
    Fuuuk the Establishment
    3 mánuðum síðan

    I can't believe the Washington Post came out with this. Bernie 2020 all day everyday!!! 🤗 🤗 🤗

  63. Asahi
    3 mánuðum síðan

    US very strong country in this world , winning war is not hard for US.

  64. Shahed Marleen
    Shahed Marleen
    3 mánuðum síðan

    At last the truth is public! Hopefully if its not trump on 2020, something could change!! Lets hope

  65. David Faubion
    David Faubion
    3 mánuðum síðan

    "The pursuit of bin Laden, because no sovereign state was behind 911, should have been by Interpol--not the US military industrial complex." Ralph Nader and others

    1. Dendronish
      3 mánuðum síðan

      Very sensible line of thought in a situation made complex by sheer inaptness and, if I might add, malice.

  66. Raul Gubert
    Raul Gubert
    3 mánuðum síðan

    stay with Assange.

  67. Raul Gubert
    Raul Gubert
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Hard to say but this time The Whashington Post did a good job.

    1. Raul Gubert
      Raul Gubert
      3 mánuðum síðan

      @Dendronish yes, I agree with you but at least they published it and make it more official....something is moving at least....cheers!....now the people of America have to wake up, because if they don't do anything about, well, they are doomed as it is like saying...well do it again in the future, we don't care too much....that's the focal point here...Americans have to say a loud 'NO!' if they want to survive...

    2. Dendronish
      3 mánuðum síðan

      The investigation started years ago and the report is available now and the conclusion is something that we knew much earlier - not an impressive achievement.

  68. Raul Gubert
    Raul Gubert
    3 mánuðum síðan

    that interviewed man should stay in the middle of a crowd and transmit this interview on a big screen....I'm sure he will start to understand war very quickly.

  69. Raul Gubert
    Raul Gubert
    3 mánuðum síðan

    hiding behind the law against reality...we are doomed by technocrats

  70. Raul Gubert
    Raul Gubert
    3 mánuðum síðan

    official: we cannot as we have classified information.... journalist: just 15 over 400.....this is in my book is deceiving and mirror climbing.

  71. Raul Gubert
    Raul Gubert
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Whashington Post....stay with Assange not against.

  72. shukk
    3 mánuðum síðan

    y’all trippin! Someone with a right mind Should’ve been know that they’ve been lying all the time. It’s war and there is nothing beautiful about it. They make wars to make profit for the big cooperations

  73. Hipster Crab
    Hipster Crab
    3 mánuðum síðan

    but hasn't the Post been actively promoting the forever war propaganda? the revelation isn't shocking because it was already out there for the people who cared to look. i'm glad the papers are out but it does seem kinda fishy

  74. Mudassar Nawaz
    Mudassar Nawaz
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Something is really wrong and off about the whole thing. War is never great and peace is always a better option. ✌️

  75. Mirzoalim Baqi
    Mirzoalim Baqi
    3 mánuðum síðan

    This inspector general is just a buffoon.

  76. Andrew Flowers
    Andrew Flowers
    3 mánuðum síðan

    After 911, young men excitedly signed up to fight. I warned them then, 'Okay. But don't join to fight a war. It's pointless. If you're going in for an education, or to see the world, fine. Governments lie. They don't care about you. You're just a number, in a great big money machine.'

  77. Angela Adams
    Angela Adams
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Jibberish to control your range of thought. It asserts the “we’re the good guys” narrative. Nope, Afghanistan’s going just as planned. No revelation here, just CIA propaganda

  78. Mario Martinez
    Mario Martinez
    3 mánuðum síðan


  79. Joe Jow
    Joe Jow
    3 mánuðum síðan

    The truth means nothing in modern times.

  80. Shlm el
    Shlm el
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Characteristics of Vietnam 🇻🇳 A lot of Rouge Department of Defense Contracting & a lot of Americans addicted to foreign imports & foreign drugs.