Can the War in Afghanistan ever really be over?
The current War in Afghanistan started in October 2001 as a direct result of Al Queda’s attack on the World Trade Centre on September 11th of the same year. America invaded Afghanistan, supported by it’s Allies including Britain, due to the Taliban governments support of Al Queda and it’s refusal to hand over their leader, Osama Bin Laden. The current Mission statement for success in the region was outlined by President Obama as: “to ensure al-Quida cannot attack the United Stated, it’s overseas interests or it’s allies, and to ensure the Afghan people can provide for their own security.”1
This essay will look at the political and social aspects to see if the war can ‘ever really be over’, within the parameters of President Obama’s current mission statement. The Coalition force that is currently occupying the country, the: International Security Assistance Force (referred to as ISAF) consists of “43 Troop Contributing Nations”2, with a total strength of around “85,79”2. The United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US), are the two largest contributors in terms of Troops, collectively providing over half of the ISAF; therefore the rest of this essay will focus primarily on these two Nations.
The War began on mainly political grounds, with the US bombing campaign being a direct result of the then Afghan Government’s refusal to assist in neutralising the threat posed by Al-Queda towards the US. The US bombing campaign overwhelmed the Taliban Government with it’s superior air power, dismantling and destroying the training camp network of Al-Queda and by June 2002 “Hamid Karzai is elected as president of the new interim Government.”3 This, however, was not a widely popular move for a country that believes in tribal rule for the most part, Hamid Karzai himself having come from leading a large tribal group. In September 2002, Hamid Karzai escapes an assassination attempt, proving that, politically, the country still...