Even as the U.S. military slowly withdraws from Iraq, the flow of additional U.S. forces into Afghanistan--to what many in the U.S. military call the "forgotten war"--is on the rise. By late this summer, 32,000 American troops are scheduled to be in Afghanistan, the most in more than six years of combat. Beyond highlighting the resilience of the U.S. military, it also showcases the increasing irrelevance of NATO, which is supposed to be leading the fight. Some key alliance members--France, Germany, Italy and Spain--are refusing to send troops to battle the Taliban or placing "caveats" limiting their deployment to peaceful regions...

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