The Strategic Significance of a Secure Afghanistan to the United States

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1. Immediately following the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001, American military power sought out and aggressively attacked Al Qaeda and Taliban strongholds in Afghanistan. Within weeks, the United States removed the Taliban from governing Afghanistan and worked with the international community to establish a new democratic government led by Afghan native Hamid Karzai, who would soon be elected president. However, by 2006, the Taliban significantly increased attacks on pro-Afghan government officials, Afghan security forces, and coalition military members. The United States and partner North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members responded with a surge of military might in 2010 to make one final push to …show more content…
However, the Taliban’s brutal enforcement of Sharia Law soon caused many to resent them. Public executions of those who broke the law were not uncommon. With the Taliban harboring the terrorist Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, American military forces quickly took action and removed them from political power. However, since 2001, the United States has found itself involved in what has become the longest war in American history - fighting remnants of the Taliban and Islamic insurgent groups seeking to return the Taliban to political power. American military forces, along with international partners, have sacrificed over 3,500 lives and spent over $640 billion to protect the fledging democracy established in Afghanistan. (CSIS, 2013)
3. The United States established an agreement with Afghan president Karzai allowing American forces to remain in Afghanistan until December 31, 2014. However, the Afghan government has shown little interest in extending the length of this agreement to allow international troops to assist the Afghan military in providing security. With only 30,000 coalition forces currently remaining in Afghanistan, down from a peak of over 100,000 in 2010, the country has taken on much of the burden of securing its nation. However, with the possibility of the complete withdrawal of the International Security

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