The War in Afghanistan. Joel Prushan. Historical Background. 1919: Afghanistan gains independence from the British 1979: The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass 1980: The Mujaheddin, a rebel militant group, fight the Soviets.
1919: Afghanistan gains independence from the British
1979: The Soviet Union invades Afghanistan through the Khyber Pass
1980: The Mujaheddin, a rebel militant group, fight the Soviets.
1992: The Mujaheddin overthrow the Communist government that was installed by the Soviets.
1994: The Taliban become a major political party.
2001: 9/11, the U.S. attacks Afghanistan and the Taliban who were harboring Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.
2009: President Obama commits an extra 30,000 troops and promises to begin withdrawing in July 2011.
For The War:
You can’t really triangulate on these issues. Either you think we’re fighting a war we need to win or you think we ought to bring all the troops home”
--- Danielle Pletka, American Enterprise Institute
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