What will become of Afghanistan’s economy once the US leaves? | Counting the Cost

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    After almost 20 years and $2 trillion, the United States is ending its war in Afghanistan. In that time, the economy has been hooked on billions in military spending and international aid.

    Kardan University’s Mahmood Ajmiri tells Al Jazeera how the war economy will cope as the Taliban takes control of more of the country.

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