Afghanistan

As instability rocks Afghan, the world must step in

Mar 6, 2017
By Munir Akram
 
Afghans often proudly refer to their country as “the graveyard of empires”. Today, unfortunately, it has become just a graveyard. The latest UN report on Afghanistan chronicles the large and escalating human toll of its prolonged war. Afghanistan has also emerged as the primary source of regional instability.
 
The major catalysts for the current chaos in Afghanistan were the 1979 Soviet intervention; the subsequent rise of religious extremism and terrorism; and the two wars fought by the US in Afghanistan.
 
After 15 years, the loss of thousands of lives and the expenditure of hundreds of billions of dollars, the US and its allies have been unable to eliminate Al Qaeda or defeat the Taliban. The “war on terror” has intensified the terrorist threat from Afghanistan.
 
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http://www.deccanchronicle.com/opinion/columnists/060317/as-instability-rocks-afghan-the-world-must-step-in.html
 
Deccan Chronicle, March 6, 2017

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