Aliprandini, Michael
September 2019
Our World: Afghanistan;9/30/2019, p1
Country Report
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Located in Central Asia and bordered by Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, Afghanistan was for millennia a crossroads along ancient trade routes. By the beginning of the twenty-first century, it had been devastated by nearly three decades of warfare and upheaval, which continued with the 2001 United States-led toppling of the Taliban government and the bombing of various al-Qaeda encampments throughout the country. Although it has since held democratic elections, much of Afghanistan remains beyond the control of the central government and the Taliban remains a serious challenge. In 2014, the United States, Great Britain, and Australia officially ended their collective military mission in Afghanistan--though a limited number of US troops remained for training and security purposes--which signaled the next phase in Afghanistan's history.


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