BACKGROUND:Afghanistan was subdued and occupied by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (U.S.S.R. i.e. Russia) in 1979. Subsequently in ten years, anti-communist forces provided and trained by the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan assisted in the removal of the Soviet power. As the fighting resumed, a fundamentalist Islamic movement referred to as the Taliban […]

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The War in Afghanistan Analysis

The United States of America has the highest spending force in the world, accounting for over 43% of all the world’s spending on military. Despite the US President having supreme authority over foreign policy, the Secretary of State is charged with the role of maintaining diplomacy with other states. The Secretary of State, who is […]

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The War in Afghanistan

The War in Afghanistan was started in the year 2001, as the US military’s Operation Enduring Freedom was launched in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US. The feature of the war was due to the struggle by the U.S. forces against the Al-Qaeda and its Taliban supporters and against some Afghans […]

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Canada’s Presence in Afghanistan

Canada’s presence in Afghanistan has enhanced various humanitarian organizations and the United Nations to analyze their legality in the war. However, the set objectives that they are poised to achieve in Afghanstan prompt their legality in the region. Ideally, the mission of Canada is humanitarian in nature. As such, it is Canada’s national interest to […]

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Bring home our troops from Afghanistan by 2014

Following the Sept. 11, 2001 attack, the United States sent its soldiers to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. In addition to fighting al Qaeda, the troops were also supposed to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden who had been the leader of the group. Ten years in the war, some things have changed. For instance, […]

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Counterinsurgencies in Afghanistan, A look back and a look forward

Afghanistan is a land of rebellion. Ever since it was first settled, it has been an impossible dream to try and govern it as a whole. The terrain does not favor central control of a federal central government, since travel is so incredibly difficult. The people are fiercely independent, the direct result of the history […]

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Why did the Taliban refuse to give up Bin Laden

In 1996 Osama Bin Laden moved back to Afghanistan. He established a close relation with Mullah Omar, the head of Taliban, and threw his support behind the Taliban. Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban regime have a close alliance on which both depend for their continued existence. They also share the same religious values and […]

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Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

Taking a look at this monograph we can find a close examination of the counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan followed by the appearance of the Taliban regime in 2001. It is based on repeated trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India from (2004-2008). The author focused on the early stages of the insurgency (2002-2008) and examines how […]

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The Rugmaker – in Times of Conflict Ordinary People

During times of conflict, we see how ordinary people can do extraordinary things. It is when we are placed in such situations, similar to Najaf in ‘The Rugmaker of Mazar-Sharif’ that we see these things reveal themselves. Najaf experiences, life threatening situations during the war and experiences the effects of the tragedies. Extraordinary acts of […]

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Due in part to the events on September 11, 2001, the United States has taken a vested interest in the government and the people of Afghanistan. Before 2001, only 8% of Americans were incapable of even finding the country of Afghanistan on a map. Now, those Americans who choose to follow the news, are all […]

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