Iraq once boasted one of the best healthcare systems in the region. Its crippled health infrastructure is but a microcosm of the neglect and misconduct in governance following the Gulf Wars.
In the face of a re-energised Taliban assault Afghan government forces are abandoning their posts, but the fight is far from over as the Taliban is also rumoured to be taking heavy losses.
President Joe Biden offers commitment to Afghan leaders Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, but made clear he was not planning to slow the US troop withdrawal.
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