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The Unfinished War In Afghanistan

Few in history share the unenviable fate that has befallen the people of the landlocked Afghanistan. From playing host to a liberal monarchy to a communist takeover to being the centre-piece of the Cold War to a civil war-ravaged country to one under an externally sponsored religious movement and finally to the one from where began the historic post-9/11 'war on terror

Mar 12, 2015
By Jugal R. Purohit
 
 
For us, Afghanistan is destroyed. It is turning to poison, and not only for us but for all others in the world... Maybe one day they (Americans) will have to send hundreds of thousands of troops to deal with that, and if they step in, they will be stuck. We have a British grave in Afghanistan. We have a Soviet grave. And then we will have an American grave," commander Abdul Haq was quoted as saying in The New York Times in March 1994.
 
Few in history share the unenviable fate that has befallen the people of the landlocked Afghanistan. From playing host to a liberal monarchy to a communist takeover to being the centre-piece of the Cold War to a civil war-ravaged country to one under an externally sponsored religious movement and finally to the one from where began the historic post-9/11 'war on terror', it would be an understatement to say that Afghanistan has witnessed a lot in a relatively short span of six decades.
 
Today, after 14 years of an internationally-led effort, the Afghans are back at the helm. The announced end of combat role by the American troops (last among the NATO states) at the end of last year has also meant that the responsibility of keeping the resurgent Taliban at bay is now on the shoulders of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP). Interestingly, this transition coincides with the massive political and administrative churning following the recently concluded presidential elections, what the Afghans refer to as the 'decade of transformation' (2015-2024).
 
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