The Crossroads of Special Operations

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Years after they fought in Afghanistan, US troops watch as their children deploy to the same war | Stars & Stripes

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About 19 years ago, a group of Americans were deployed to Afghanistan to combat the terrorists behind the actions of 9/11. After almost two decades of the U.S. in war, some service members are saying goodbye as they watch their children get deployed to the same place. Master Sgt. Trevor DeBoer said that when he joined the armed forces, he did it “so my sons don’t have to fight this war.” Now his son, Spc. Payton Sluss has been stationed at Forward Operating Base Fenty; the same place where his father was previously. When Sluss arrived in 2018, the war was very different compared to his father’s experience. It has shifted its focus from eliminating terrorists’ members to now training Afghan forces and rebuilding their country. President Trump has been very vocal about ending the United States’ “forever wars.” Under a U.S – Taliban agreement, all forces could be pulled out of Afghanistan by next year as long as severing ties with groups such as Al-Qaida are made true by the Taliban.

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