The Conflict in Afghanistan
Left ravaged by centuries of invasion and infighting, Afghanistan showed signs of progress after the fall of the Taliban in 2002. However, the central Asian country has since lost traction as the government of Hamid Karzai struggles to retain any control outside of the capital city of Kabul, and Taliban forces show signs of resurgence.
Although the international spotlight has only turned to Afghanistan in the last few decades, the ... read more »
With relations between Hamid Karzai and the United States strained, and a resurgent Taliban, ... read more »
Unable to exercise much control outside of Kabul and other major cities, the government of Afghanistan faces a number of challenges to the country’s stability. It has earned pledges of additional troops and support from the current U.S. administration to help combat insurgent groups and curb the region’s heroin trade.
“Still desperately seeking Osama” takes a look at the individual who has become a symbol of regional instability, and the West’s inability to gain control of the area, especially the rough terrain along the Afghan-Pakistan border. Reports have routinely placed the FBI’s most wanted terrorist in the region.
BBC: Special Reports: Afghanistan’s Future
was launched in 2004, but remains one of the most reliably updated reports on what challenges await the central Asian country over the coming years, including a resurgent Taliban, an isolated government and pressure from across their southern border in Pakistan.
Voice of America
looks at how Afghanistan’s overall instability has led to a soaring heroin-based drug trade. Although the country’s overall output has leveled over the last year, it “remains shockingly high,” according to Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
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