Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Afghanistan - the view from the BBC

Afghanistan is such an amazing place – beauty and rugged beyond belief, home of some of the world’s oldest cultures - an ancient focal point of the Silk Road and human migration.  Now it is home of unfathomable corruption and the base for the world’s biggest opium fields. 

It has demonstrated time and time again that it will not be conquered – whether by Alexander the Great, Arab Muslims, Genghis Khan, the Soviet Union or the American-led NATO forces, including the enormous price paid by the Canadian soldiers with their lives.
Now the latest conquering forces are getting ready to leave and one has to wonder what has changed.  The BBC currently has an interesting series of articles discussing modern Afghanistan and how much we have to learn about.  Here are those articles.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

The mammoth military task of leaving Afghanistan  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-25848662
What kind of Afghanistan will foreign forces leave?  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-25410582

US planning full Afghan pullout, Obama tells Karzai  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-26346115
Viewpoint: Taliban gaining upper hand in Afghanistan and Pakistan?  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-26064230

Will the Taliban take over in Afghanistan?  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25879217
Afghan suicide bomb 'kills nine' in Uruzgan province  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26343572

'Deepening' medical crisis in Afghanistan  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-26335410

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