Congressional Digest

International Debates Archives May 2012 No. 5 Vol. 10
Transition in Afghanistan

Transition in Afghanistan

The Road to U.S. Withdrawal

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The United States has been involved militarily in Afghanistan for more than 10 and a half-years — longer than its participation in World War II and the U.S. Civil War combined.

A war that began on October 7, 2001 — less than a month after the terrorist attacks of September 11 — with an initial U.S. goal of overthrowing the ruling Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime and capturing or killing Osama bin Laden and other members of Al Qaeda, has become a protracted struggle against insurgent elements to establish a stable and effective government for Afghanistan. …

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