Afghanistan

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Afghanistan is at a dismal state at this current time. There are many problems rooted in different factions of the country and the U.S. can not make it all go away. Different problems include the high concentration and presence of Taliban forces in certain areas of the country, the misuse of U.S. and N.A.T.O. aid money, and the large amount of political corruption. One dramatic issue that the U.S. first addressed in Afghanistan was the Taliban run government. In 2001 we invaded with the intent to topple the Taliban regime and we did so successfully. Twelve years later the government is in better hands but the Taliban is still very much a presence as a powerful insurgency. Such activity is easy to continue especially with Pakistan providing safe haven for all Taliban insurgents. The Taliban has a great amount of support from other terrorist networks such as the Haqqani network which has a lot of influence on the Durand line which separates Afghanistan and Pakistan. They now have some 3,000 followers who stay loyal to themselves as well as the Taliban.7 Public support for the Taliban insurgency has diminished over the past four years much due to the fact that a large portion of the population feels that it is only a “proxy for Pakistan”.7 Taliban infiltration of Afghani police and military forces has also been a large problem and cause of Afghani deaths. In these “green on green” attacks Taliban members pose as Afghan police or army members and then turn their weapons on the men and women around them.7 The overall problem continuos to be that even though the group was taken out of power in 2001 they still occupy 54% of Afghanistan and have a lot of influence on the more rural areas. Many Afghanistan researchers believe that it is not a matter of if the Taliban will regain control of Kabul, but when and how.6 The use of aid in Afghanistan for the…...

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