In response to the horrific events of 9/11, the U.S. launched a military offensive on Afghanistan in search of al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama Bin Laden. This mission saw millions of homes and lives destroyed, and took power away from the Taliban but restored it back to the Afghan warlords in the North-East. The rebuilding of war-torn Afghanistan began in 2002 and despite NATO’s best efforts to establish a democratic state, Taliban shadow-governments continued to dominate much of the country. midst growing signs that what was once a low-intensity conflict has now escalated into a war, the UN strategic review of 2017 reclassified Afghanistan from a post-conflict country to one in active conflict. The U.S. mission has transformed into one of aiding the Afghan government in its civil war against the Taliban. Fighting between Afghan government and Taliban forces combined with surges of sectarian violence intensified through 2017, causing high numbers of civilian casualties. Afghanistan is afflicted also by high levels of terrorist infighting as the Taliban in particular have rejected ISIS’s encroachment into their territory.
Primary Terrorist Presence in Afghanistan: The CIA lists 8 Foreign Terrorist Organizations as active in Afghanistan. The most prominent of those include…
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