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BosGlobe: Let's Not Lose Afghanistan Again

Author: Tom Lantos
April 25, 2006

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In the aftermath of Al Qaeda's September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, the United States and other international forces prioritized a plan to secure democracy in Afghanistan. After the fall of the ruling Taliban, Afghanistan has a freely elected president and parliament, a national army, and a foundation for economic development. However, a resurgent Taliban and a burgeoning production of opium threatens the momentum of progress towards a stable Afghanistan. Attacks have increased within the country, compromising plans for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. In order to execute a successful withdrawal of U.S. troops and sustain Afghan stability, economic growth and endurance is integral. If economic growth is jeopardized, a resurgent Taliban abates any U.S. counter-terrorist initiatives; at the same time, Afghanistan has the ability and the urgency to set a productive example in the Islamic world. The U.S. must reconfigure their role in the developmental stages of an auspicious Afghanistan.

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