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See Article History Afghanistan War, international conflict in Afghanistan beginning in that was triggered by the September 11 attacks and consisted of three phases.
The first phase—toppling the Taliban the ultraconservative political and religious faction that ruled Afghanistan and provided sanctuary for al-Qaedaperpetrators of the September 11 attacks —was brief, lasting just two months. The second phase, from untilwas marked by a U.
The third phase, a turn to classic counterinsurgency doctrine, began in and accelerated with U. The larger force was used to implement a strategy of protecting the population from Taliban attacks and supporting efforts to reintegrate insurgents into Afghan society.
The strategy came coupled with a timetable for the withdrawal of the foreign forces from Afghanistan; beginning insecurity responsibilities would be gradually handed over to the Afghan military and police.
The new approach largely failed to achieve its aims. Insurgent attacks and civilian casualties remained stubbornly high, while many of the Afghan military and police units taking over security duties appeared to be ill-prepared to hold off the Taliban.
By the time the U. Prelude to the September 11 attacks The joint U. But the Soviet presence touched off a nationwide rebellion by Islamist fighters, who won extensive covert backing from PakistanSaudi Arabiaand the United States and who were joined in their fight by foreign volunteers.
The guerrilla war against the Soviet forces led to their departure a decade later see Afghan War. In the void, civil war reigned, with the Islamist fighters—known as the mujahideen —battling first to oust the Soviet-backed government and then turning their guns on each other.
A Soviet armoured vehicle rolling past a group of civilians during the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, December On September 9 of that year, al-Qaeda hit men carried out the assassination of famed mujahideen leader Ahmad Shah Masoudwho at the time was leading the Northern Alliance a loose coalition of mujahideen militias that maintained control of a small section of northern Afghanistan as it battled the Taliban and who had unsuccessfully sought greater U.
The plot had been hatched by al-Qaeda, and some of the 19 hijackers had trained in Afghanistan. In the aftermath of the attacks, the administration of U.
Bush coalesced around a strategy of first ousting the Taliban from Afghanistan and dismantling al-Qaeda, though others contemplated actions in Iraq, including long-standing plans for toppling Pres. Pentagon officials were especially concerned that the United States not be drawn into a protracted occupation of Afghanistan, as had occurred with the Soviets more than two decades prior.
The Americans also teamed with anti-Taliban Pashtuns in southern Afghanistan, including a little-known tribal leader named Hamid Karzai. The CIA team was soon joined by U.
They also helped coordinate targeting for the air campaign, which began on October 7,with U. In late October, Northern Alliance forces began to overtake a series of towns formerly held by the Taliban. The forces worked with U. Department of Defense Kabul, Afghanistan: Northern Alliance security forcesNorthern Alliance security forces entering Kabul on the morning of November 13, It had been besieged by a force led by Karzai that moved in from the north and one commanded by Gul Agha Sherzai that advanced from the south; both operated with heavy assistance from the United States.
With behind-the-scenes maneuvering by the United States, Karzai was selected to lead the country on an interim basis. An intensive manhunt for Omar, bin Ladenand al-Qaeda deputy chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was undertaken. Prior to the killing of bin Laden by U.
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The looming withdrawal of western forces from Afghanistan highlights the apparent dispensability of the modest gains Afghan women have seen since —and the deep-seated forces which sustain a.
Women’s rights advocates say that while progress has been slow at times, the last 17 years have witnessed immense gains for Afghan women, who under Taliban rule in late s and through most of were confined to their homes and prevented from obtaining an education.
Fourteen-year-old Ali was raised as a boy in a practice known in Afghanistan as bacha posh. Ali's sisters stand behind her in the room they share. Bacha Posh: Gender freedom or imposed misogyny in Afghanistan? Although cross-dressing is something which people in most societies are not comfortable with, in Afghanistan it is one form of victimizing women.