As long as the Taliban can go and back and forth to Pakistan this type of violence is likely to continue. The US has no obvious plan to end this conflict yet the number of US troops has been increased. It should be noted that Bernie Sanders voted in favor of this war and has avoided discussing it in any detail. Overall I think Bernie is one the best politicians around but on this issue I have to give him low marks. Rather than facing this issue he seems more concerned that it would hurt his efforts to lead the progressive movement. But people are continually being killed there and as a leader of the left he should speak out. How do you vote for a war and when it still going on 17 years later not take some responsibility? He preformed very poorly in the debates on this particular issue and more should be expected. I find his silence on this issue unacceptable. But apparently he is going to continue to exclusively focus on a domestic agenda and avoid dealing with the war in Afghanistan.