Pulling out the ground troops is important. They’re not keeping Afghans safer. They’re not building democracy. They’ve been there far too long, and we signed a peace deal promising to get them out.

But pulling out the ground troops is not enough. If we’re serious about ending the US role in the war, and we must be, we need to get serious about ending the war that’s still killing Afghans almost two decades after the United States invaded the country. Calling the air war “counterterrorism” isn’t a sufficient reason to continue military campaigns that kill civilians.

Phyllis Bennis is a Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. She is co-author with David Wildman of Ending the US War in Afghanistan.