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In his victory speech to a rapturous crowd in Chicago following his re-election, President Barack Obama affirmed that America‚Äôs “decade-long conflict” in Afghanistan will now end. The line was greeted with prolonged applause — and understandably so. In fact, this ill-advised war — launched on the basis of a United Nations Security Council resolution — has been grinding on for 11 years, making it the longest in American history.