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By Chris Johnson

ISBN-10: 1842779559

ISBN-13: 9781842779552

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Greatly portrayed because the "success of the struggle on terror," Afghanistan is now in challenge. more and more indifferent from the folk it really is intended to serve, and not able to control the big quantities of relief that it has sought, the management in Kabul struggles to manipulate even the diminishing parts of the rustic over which it has a few sway. Many Afghans think themselves to be trapped, hostage among forces, either claiming to be their liberators. Drawing on lengthy adventure of dwelling and dealing in Afghanistan, Chris Johnson and Jolyon Leslie learn what the alterations of contemporary years have intended when it comes to Afghans' experience in their personal identification and hopes for the longer term.

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The international dimension Tragically, rather than being a mistake, Afghanistan represents how the interÂ�national community now does foreign policy. From calls for international intervention to complex peace agreements that cannot be implemented, solutions to the world’s problems are dreamed up with little understanding of the complexities of the issues or of how the West is perceived by others. Despite the evidence of the problems caused by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the USA supported Â�Ethiopia’s invasion   â•›| â•›in t roduc t ion of Somalia in 2007, allegedly to root out al-Qa’eda and remove the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) who, it was claimed, supported terrorists.

Gone was the ruthless control of Dostum; now no one ruled, which is always bad news in Afghanistan. A week later, driving east out of the city towards Pul i Khumri, we were turned back by fighting at Tashqurghan, about a hour from Mazar. But Tashqurghan was often a problem and we assumed that it would blow over, and that we could return the next day. Back in Mazar i Sharif, people were equally casual, and even the UN suggested that it was simply a local skirmish. We were all wrong. The Taliban had advanced from the east as far as the airport, from where piles of casualties on the frontlines were pictured in graphic close-up every night on Balkh TV.

When asked how much support the Taliban have in the southern provinces, an aid worker who has long worked with Pashtun tribes responded: ‘Not really a lot. But they turn up in the villages of the tribesmen and ask for shelter, and what can they do? Custom decrees they cannot refuse. The Americans interpret it as support and punish people, but it is not real support. ’   â•›| â•›   Conversations with Afghans who travelled in Uruzgan and Helmand during 2003 indicate that there is deep resentment building about the manner in which the US forces and the armed Afghan groups that they have hired are operating.

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