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Why are we in Afghanistan?

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghans in two crucial southern provinces are almost completely unaware of the September 11 attacks on the United States and don't know they precipitated the foreign intervention now in its 10th year, a new report showed on Friday.

NATO leaders gathered in Lisbon for a summit on Friday where the transition from foreign forces -- now at about 150,000 -- to Afghan security responsibility will be at the top of the agenda, with leaders to discuss a 2014 target date set by Kabul.

Few Afghans in Helmand and Kandahar provinces, Taliban strongholds where fighting remains fiercest, know why foreign troops are in Afghanistan, says the "Afghanistan Transition: Missing Variables" report to be released later on Friday.

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 10:31 AM on Nov. 19, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • You know what, as with all wars there are much bigger things going on behind closed doors than we will ever be privy too... But to be honest, I don't care what those bigger reasons are... Here's all the reason I need...


    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2007238,00.html

    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:29 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • Because we're not allowed to admit we're really at war with Pakistan so we have to play it VietNam style - Pakistan is Cambodia and Afghanistan is VN.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:55 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • Because there is something in that country that the U.S. wants or is protecting ....
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 12:18 PM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • Really, I don't know anymore. It doesn't feel right....
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:39 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • We are also not supposed to admit we should have never went and we are not "winning" anything

    It is hard to win a war with irrational people who believe their fanatical religious leaders who say we are the devil. We should have carpet bombed the entire place initially and taken it completely over. We should have never went in if we were going to fight the way we are now.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:13 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • That reminds me of the Kenyan village of herders that gave the US a gift of 14 cows when word of 9-11 reached them. It was a sincere gift of great value to them, given to us to help recover from the attacks. Funny but very touching.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 11:18 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101119/ts_nm/us_afghanistan_report


    "The lack of awareness of why we are there contributes to the high levels of negativity toward the NATO military operations and made the job of the Taliban easier," ICOS President Norine MacDonald told Reuters from Washington.


    "We need to explain to the Afghan people why we are here, and both convince them and show them that their future is better with us than the Taliban," MacDonald said.

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 10:32 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • Because we're not allowed to admit we're really at war with Pakistan so we have to play it VietNam style - Pakistan is Cambodia and Afghanistan is VN.


    We are also not supposed to admit we should have never went and we are not "winning" anything

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 11:07 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • it's called taking over the middle east country by country... iraq, afganistan, pakistan, yemen, get the point....
    if i were a betting woman.. i'd bet Saudi is at the bottom of the list.. dead LAST but on it none the less
    Aasiyah

    Answer by Aasiyah at 11:47 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

  • Jesus that poor young woman sabrina..how flippin disgusting.and you ladies wonder why I think Islam is friggin evil..
    tnmomofive

    Answer by tnmomofive at 11:57 AM on Nov. 19, 2010

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