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Relander

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#1 13 years ago

It's almost 4 years now when USA and Great Britain started bombing of Taliban and Al-Qaeda targets in Afghanistan at October 2001, starting the operation "Enduring Freedom" in order to overthrow the Talibans, destroy Al-Qaeda and capture Osama bin Laden.

The Talibans and Osama bin Laden with his supporters have fled to the mountains, new democratic administration have been set up in Kabul and Afghan parliamentary elections were kept just few days ago and first results will see daylight in early October this year.

But what is your opinion, what is the current situation in Afghanistan in general?




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#2 13 years ago

Honestly, I do not know. I havn't heard much about what has been going on in Afghanistan. The whole situation there is overshadowed by the on going struggle in Iraq. The last that I heard, British troops were going to replace American troops (or was it the other way around?)




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#3 13 years ago

As soon as the NATO troops leave they will revert back to their opium growing and warlording days.




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#4 13 years ago

well, they still got work to do, and we'll gettem at some point........all we need to do is stay the course, and keep and eye on the objective, thats oliminating terrorism, and those who harbor them, not matter where they are


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#5 13 years ago

Great, in my opinion.

The election went off without hardly a hitch, quite unlike the Iraqi elections. The violence occuring there is very rare, and the attacks are down to the occasional random mortar fire or rocket attack. Seems to be going pretty damn well.

The part that needs fixing is we have to find and kill the rest of the Taliban. Or maybe capture them, and put them on trial. But preferable kill.




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#6 13 years ago

"Great"?!

At least 40 % of Afghanistan's GNP still comes from selling heroin (and most of the rest comes from the international community) and the country provides some 87 % of world's heroin. The Taliban have reorganized itself and the attacks against new administration and ISAF-troops have actually escalated this year: last Summer was the bloodiest since the new administration started its work in 2002. Infrastructure of Afghanistan is still very poor and its production & services are very minor. According to studies conducted by UN, Afghanistan is on 5th place on the list "World's most underdeveloped countries". Average lifetime is 44½ years, half of the people lives in poverty and 20 % of the people suffer from hunger. GNP per capita is only 190 $ when the global average is 5174 $. Moreover, president Hamid Karzai has only little power outside of Kabul and he have to rely on goodwill of unreliable and autocratic bandit warlords who rule rest of the country and collect money from drug business and tariffs. Some of them even fund insurgent groups against weak central administration!

About the elections: yes, they went quite peacefully, but they weren't that succesfull. Almost all canditates were independent so we can expect a weak parliament without real power groups who can make fast & effective decisions. Only way the canditates could distinguish themselves from other canditates were the name, picture and personal symbol, there were no political ideas stated what so ever so people mostly vote for their own according to ethnic background and language. Women make up of 44 % of all the people who can vote in the elections, but only some 25 % of these women actually voted. Respected International Crisis Group-organization believes that versatile party system is sinking: Karzai haven't made enough, if any, reforms in order to get this multiparty system up and going, but instead he has concentrated the power into Kabul in a country which has traditionally been divided into semi-independent provinces. It's like trying to convert Zionist into the muslim.

All in all, I can't see how on earth you can even dream about that the situation in Afghanistan is "great" at the moment? Yes, the things are moving forward but very slowly, the current situation is very bad. International community, but especially the USA must concentrate more attention and resources for Afghanistan in order to get stable and independent democracy.




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#7 13 years ago

Opium, not heroin.

Compare the political situation to before. That is where I'm coming from.




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#8 13 years ago

I don't really see that much has changed tbo. Yes the Taliban are out of power, but they've just been replaced by other despotic groups. I guess if you're a smackhead, you could argue things are great there now.




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#9 13 years ago

What despotic power? Proove it.

Now you're just talking out of your ass.




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#10 13 years ago

Come on USMA, quit polishing turds. Everyone knows the place is severely fucked up. Outside a couple of cities Hamid Karzai holds no real power. The country is effectively run by warlords funded with opium sales.

BBCInfighting between local commanders over power and territory became a feature of the post-Taleban period. The authorities in Kabul have been able to exert little control beyond the capital and militant violence has continued.