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The Afghanistan Papers By The Washington Post


For years U.S. military leaders would say the country had  “turned a corner” in its long war in Afghanistan.

That led Sen. Elizabeth Warren to say so many corners had been turned, that “it seems now we’re going in circles.”

Those rosy Pentagon assessments hid the dark truth about a far-away conflict that has cost the lives of more than 2,300 U.S. military personnel since it began in 2001.

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After a three-year legal battle, The Washington Post obtained hundreds of records of candid interviews assessing the war in Afghanistan and its failures, which it turned into a series of stories and podcasts.

The Public Radio Exchange worked with The Post to turn The Afghanistan Papers podcast into a Memorial Day radio special.

Listen to it here.