Origins of the Conflict in Afghanistan

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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.

Origins of the Conflict in Afghanistan

Although the international spotlight has only turned to Afghanistan in the last few decades, the country has a long and often turbulent history of invasion and infighting, dating back to at least 550 B.C.

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The Afghanistan Conflict Today

With relations between Hamid Karzai and the United States strained, and a resurgent Taliban, Afghanistan’s future has become a focal point of the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Although no clear policy has emerged, Obama has announced that he will follow through with a campaign promise to increase troop numbers in an effort to combat instability.

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The Impact of the Conflict in Afghanistan

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.

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