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  1. The War in Afghanistan

  2. By the mid 1990’s the extremist Taliban controlled most of Afghanistan, they allowed al Qaeda to live there

  3. 9/11 attacks planned in Afghanistan

  4. Global War on Terror • US and NATO allies invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 • “Operation Enduring Freedom”

  5. Cities and towns taken over in 1 month

  6. Rural border with Pakistan cleared in 3 months

  7. Why is it so difficult to fight the war in Afghanistan?

  8. 1. The Taliban and al Qaeda re-grouped in Pakistan

  9. 2. Afghanistan is remote, mountainous, treacherous – it is hard to move soldiers and supplies

  10. 3. Access to Afghanistan is difficult

  11. 4. Much of the fighting is done in remote, mountainous regions that the Taliban know better than the US

  12. 5. Al Qaeda fighters are devoted to their cause

  13. 6. Huge cultural divide between the US and Afghanistan

  14. 7. No experience with democracy

  15. 8. Afghanistan is a very underdeveloped country

  16. 9. Hard to tell if people are friends or foes

  17. 10. Poppies – used to make heroin, are a major crop. Create violence and addiction problems

  18. Looking Forward

  19. Build schools, roads and other services Afghanistan needs

  20. Train the Afghan military

  21. Pull Western troops out of Afghanistan