The Afghanistan Dilemma

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Lorrianne Lucas
Assignment 9
Afghanistan Dilemma
Following the September 11 terror attacks, the U.S. sent thousands of troops to Afghanistan to pursue the al Qaeda terrorists who plotted the terror attacks. Almost 10 years ago, the U.S. sent troops to the Central Asian country in order to protect the U.S. after Osama Bin Laden declared war on the United States. Within a year of entering into the country, the U.S. shifted its focus from Afghanistan to Iraq, which led to the resurgence of the Taliban. Currently, the U.S., under the Obama administration, has developed a new strategic plan in which troops are “to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to prevent their return to either country in the future (Afghanistan, 672).” Pakistan, the nuclear armed and western bordering country to Afghanistan, has become a sanctuary for Taliban and al Qaeda, which is why the U.S. has a concentration of troops on the border of the two countries. The U.S. needs to protect the border in order to ensure that the nuclear arms of Pakistan do not fall into the hands of the Taliban and al Qaeda.

The United States faces many problems in the current war with terrorist forces. The increase of causalities, the increase of fanatical Taliban and al Qaeda troops, the lack of Afghan National Army forces to help with the fighting, and the ever looming threat of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of insurgents. The Obama administration’s new strategy includes efforts to increase the confidence of the local Afghan population by protecting it from insurgent violence and improving governance, security and economic development (Afghanistan, 672). In order to implement these plans, the U.S. has deployed new troop — a total of 21,000 additional soldiers to fight the insurgency in Afghanistan and train Afghan security forces. By the end of the year, the level of U.S. troops is expected to reach about 68,000. Other troops are also being supplied by...
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