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Western forces pack up to end their war, Afghans “manage the consequences”

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KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan scrap dealers are picking over the detritus of the two-decade U.S. military intervention in Afghanistan, collecting whatever they can of value from heaps of broken military hardware, scrapped machines and old furniture. While the scrap men search through junk outside the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, the Afghan government, and the country as a whole, are having to face up to the end of an international mission that promised so much but failed to bring peace. “There’s just so much waste,” said scrap dealer Abdul Ahmad, outside the Bagram Airfield, about 50 km (31 miles…

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