Afghanistan: Thousands of lives lost over 20 years

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The war in Afghanistan has seen thousands killed over 20 years, only to have the Taliban regain control in 10 days.

457 UK personnel died during the 20-year war, but it was Afghan civilians who suffered the most, with an estimated 47,000 casualties. The UK spent almost £28bn on the conflict.

Sky’s Sally Lockwood looks back at the sacrifices and the effect of the ‘forever war.’

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