Explainer: How wars end? When will the US war in Afghanistan really get over?

Washington: As the last US combat troops prepare to leave Afghanistan, the question arises: When is the war really over?


For Afghans the answer is clear but grim: no time soon. An emboldened Taliban insurgency is making battlefield gains, and prospective peace talks are stalled. Some fear that once foreign forces are gone, Afghanistan will dive deeper into civil war. Though degraded, an Afghan affiliate of the Islamic State extremist network also lurks.