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Review: ‘A War’ explores war’s quiet, forgotten horrors

24 February 2016 2:31 PM, PST

More than 14 years later and the war in Afghanistan is still going on. President Obama declared the end of U.S. military combat operations in Afghanistan in December of 2014, but 9,800 American troops and 3,200 Nato troops remain there to prop up the ineffectual Afghan Army as the longest war in U.S. history unofficially continues. The war is so far from over, in fact, that just last week, the United Nations reported that there were 7,457 civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2015, a record high for this war. Despite these alarming statistics, media ink and airtime dedicated to the daily situation on the ground there is sparse, which seems just fine by the war-weary public, so much so that the Korean War may no longer lay the strongest claim to the title of Forgotten War.

The understated, fictional A War, written and directed by Danish filmmaker Tobias Lindholm, best known for gritty dramas »

- Eric M. Armstrong

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