Good News From Afghanistan, Sort Of
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  • jeburke

    Ditto what VM wrote. I’d just add that even in 2001, the Taliban did not control much of the country, the entire north — where more than 40% of the country’s population lived — having been under the control of Massoud’s United Front or the Uzbek chieftain, Abdul Rashid Dostum. And Taliban control in much of its territory was hardly ironclad, resting on affiliation with the Taliban of various influential tribal leaders and “warlords.” Many of these Taliban supporters switched sides when the Taliban were routed at the end of 2001.

  • USNK2

    “The Afghan army…” is always underestimated by those who do not know history, which seems to include every American pundit who still relies on the New York Times for understanding Afghanistan.

  • lukelea

    “NATO presence has really changed the country in some important ways”

    We’ll see.

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