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* Afghanistan is officially the least peaceful country in the world and the site of the most violent conflict, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace’s annual report.
* Afghanistan replaced Syria as the least peaceful country, which Steve Killelea, the founder and executive chairman of IEP, attributed to the collapse of ISIS’s territorial holdings in Iraq and Syria.
* This news comes as the US marches toward the 19th year of its war in Afghanistan with no end in sight.
* “The real issue is the inability to solve these conflicts once they start,” Killelea said. “If we look at Afghanistan that’s been going 18 years now…and it’s hard to see what the practical solutions can be other than a peace deal with Taliban.”
As the US trudges toward the 19th year of its war in Afghanistan, it’s officially the most dangerous country on the planet.
Afghanistan is now the least peaceful country in the world, replacing Syria, according to the 2019 Global Peace Index report released on Wednesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
Mohib Iqbal, a research fellow at the institute, told RFE/RL that Afghanistan “is now the world’s most violent conflict with the highest number of deaths from war and terrorism.”
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