Tag Archives: Afghan War

Afghans’ lives and livelihoods upended even more as US occupation ends

Forced from their homes by fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces, thousands of families seek refuge in a Kabul park. Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Abdulkader Sinno, Indiana University The United States invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 with the goal of destroying al-Qaida and its Taliban hosts and, supposedly, establishing a democratic Afghan state and helping Afghan …

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Why did a military superpower fail in Afghanistan?

U.S. troops in Afghanistan had better equipment, training and funding than the Taliban. AP Photo/Rahmat Gul Arie Perliger, University of Massachusetts Lowell The speed and efficiency with which Taliban forces were able to complete the occupation of most of Afghanistan, as well as the quick collapse of the Afghan government, has led to criticism of President Joe Biden’s decision to …

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Taliban ‘has not changed,’ say women facing subjugation in areas of Afghanistan under its extremist rule

Afghan citizens at a March 2021 rally in Kabul to support peace talks between the Taliban and the government. Haroon Sabawoon/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Homa Hoodfar, Concordia University and Mona Tajali, Agnes Scott College The Taliban insurgents continue their deadly war to seize control of Afghanistan after the departure of United States and NATO forces. As they close in …

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Afghanistan: two decades of Nato help leaves a failed and fractured state on the brink of civil war

Natasha Lindstaedt, University of Essex Afghanistan is falling apart. With US and Nato troops leaving the country earlier than planned, experts are warning that the Taliban could take control of the country within six months. Currently the insurgents control the strategically important province of Helmand, and control or contest territory nearly every province in the war-torn country. As many as …

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Faces of those America is leaving behind in Afghanistan

The people of Afghanistan that the author encountered live very different lives from Americans. Brian Glyn Williams, CC BY-ND Brian Glyn Williams, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth U.S. troops are already heading home from Afghanistan, ending a two-decade-long war that saw as many as 100,000 American troops there. The withdrawal of the remaining few thousand is slated to be complete by …

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