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By Chris Johnson

Broadly portrayed because the "success of the battle on terror," Afghanistan is now in main issue. more and more indifferent from the folks it's intended to serve, and not able to control the big quantities of relief that it has sought, the management in Kabul struggles to control even the diminishing parts of the rustic over which it has a few sway. Many Afghans suppose themselves to be trapped, hostage among forces, either claiming to be their liberators. Drawing on lengthy adventure of dwelling and dealing in Afghanistan, Chris Johnson and Jolyon Leslie study what the alterations of modern years have intended when it comes to Afghans' feel in their personal identification and hopes for the long run.

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An attempt in December 1992 by Jamiat to take control of the Shi’a neighbourhoods in south-western Kabul prompted Hizbe Wahdat to align themselves with Hizbe Islami, with whom they signed an agreement early in 1993. For similar reasons, Dostum broke ranks with Massoud and attacked Jamiat positions in the north in 1993, after which he was openly allied with Hizbe Islami. The signing in March 1993 between Sunni and Shi’a leaders of the Riyadh Agreement, under pressure from the Saudis, was an attempt to reconcile the groups, and was followed by a joint pilgrimage to Mecca where a collective oath was sworn by the signatories.

Pulling back from a combat role for NATO will inevitably mean cutting deals, but this has long been the key to maintaining stability in Afghanistan. The agreement reached between the British and the elders of Musa Qala in 2006 was an example of how accommodations can be reached; it was precisely by avoiding the perception of international intrusion and control that this agreement resulted in a degree of security that enabled Afghans to get on with their lives. 17 Perhaps the time has come for the military planners to consider what might actually happen to some provinces if their troops were not there.

So too have targets broadened to include, in some areas, the infrastructure of central government, its personnel and those associated with it, including aid workers. It is, according to an old Afghan friend who went on haj in 2003, a very clear strategy. Pretending he had been at Tora Bora and had escaped the Americans there, he spent time talking to al-Qa’eda supporters who were at Mecca. They told him of their plan to infiltrate the country, as returning refugees, as traders, or simply to slip across the border from Pakistan, and to fight the occupying forces and the American puppet government and its allies.

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