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Soviet Lessons from Afghanistan


Published: February 4, 2010

Cross Post from The New York Times


Afghanistan is in turmoil, with tensions rising and people dying every day. Many of them — including women, children and the elderly — have nothing in common with terrorists or militants.

The government is losing control of its territory: of the 34 provinces, the Taliban controls a dozen. The production and export of narcotics is growing. There is a real danger of destabilization extending to neighboring countries, including the republics of Central Asia as well as Pakistan.

What began after Sept. 11, 2001, as a seemingly appropriate military response aimed at rooting out terrorism could end in a major strategic failure.

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Filed under Afghanistan, Al Qaeda, Army, Imperialism, Obama, Pakistan, Taliban, Terrorism, USA