Afghanistan Continues to Crumble

by Joshua Foust on 8/21/2006

More fierce fighting in Afghanistan, as dozens die in clashes between the Taliban and NATO troops. It’s happening, of course, in the uncontrolled southern provinces to the west of Kandahar, where Karzai’s government was never able to exert control and where the drug lords have teamed up with the Taliban. It is a toxic combination, as the intensifying fighting dampens reconstructions efforts. Perhaps more importantly, most local villagers have, in response, essentially given up, utterly fatigued by three decades of war. It is a battle the West is slowly losing.


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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from Registan.net. His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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