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I am just a kid but for the past year I have been thinking about one question why are we in Afghanistan?

If someone could just explain to me why we are there I mean i know we are there to train their army but that cannot be the only reason.

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    Aug 24 2013: A conceivable reason would be to intervene in the Afghan civil war, drive out the Taliban and secure the country. Until 1992, Afghanistan was ruled by a Soviet-backed regime, led by Mohammad Najibullah. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the Russian government withdrew their aid and Najibullah's rule crumbled. Najibullah resigned and lived in a UN compund in Kabul for 4 years, while civil war ensued. He was killed and dragged through the streets by the Taliban when they took control in 1996.

    Afghanistan was a spot of geopolitical interest for the US during the Cold War. In 1979, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan on behalf of the Afghani government. The US-backed shaw in Iran was overthrown that year, and the Soviets had an interest in protecting the Afghani government from a similar fate. The US had an interest in containing the Soviets within a circle of Western-allied countries, and chose to back the rebel forces in Afghanistan. Jimmy Carter formed the alliance between the US, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to fund, arm and train the mujahideen. Propaganda campaigns were launched in Saudi Arabia to encourage jihad and fighting in the rebellion. From 1979 to 1992, Afghanistan was a hotbed of civil war, with the US funding the mujahideen against Soviet forces. After Najibullah's rule ended, Afghanistan became a power vacuum and the Taliban invaded. And the mujahideen went on to be experienced and religiously radical fighters elsewhere, culminating into the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

    The continuing occupation of Afghanistan is seen as a stablizer. If the US withdraws, a power vacuum ensues, to be filled by the Taliban or other undesirable forces. It also gives the US a strategic place next to neighboring Iran.
  • Aug 23 2013: unocal. ther is a natural gas pipeline worth a great deal of money in revenues. needed to be built and protected. if you believe in terrorist threat then that too.
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    Jul 28 2013: One of the first commenters gave you a reference of how the country has been in turmoil for many years. The history is filled with a lot of strange names and places, so it it hard to follow the many events that brought us to today. There is an old expression that best describes our current situation.... the US is caught between a rock and a hard place.
    What has happened is that we attempted to effect a change in a very ancient society. The part of the world is shown on maps as countries with lines for borders and even national governments that are recognized by other countries. But that is not real, it is only on paper.
    In this part of the world, people belong to tribes, bonded as families and usually are very loyal to the tribal leader. These tribes have been in conflict for .... a thousand years. Tribal leaders form alliances and attack other tribes and and back again. Two centuries ago the British come to the Asian subcontinent and colonized many of the tribes of India and Pakistan. There were tribes that fought the British and most retreated to what is now Afghanistan and beyond. The rugged landscape was not worth for the British to go after the wayward tribes. These tribes settled in and pretty much ruled their areas as they saw fit.
    So, what happened. In the 80's, the US help the tribes fend off the Russians, promises were made. We would help the Afgan tribes recover from that long war. We didn't and they mostly starved.
    You have heard of Osama Bin Laden, who declared war on the US and carried out the attacks on 9/11.
    The US decided to go into Afghanistan to get to Bin Laden. The Afgans reluctantly gave us permission and we promised to help them.... this time. But, even though Bin Laden is gone, his supporters Al Qaeda and Taliban fought on and successfully have involved us for the last 10 years. Any good things we attempted to do were mostly unsuccessful or undone by them.
    The US doesn't want to fail again, so we stay.
  • Jul 27 2013: Afghanistan is
    just another in a long line of u.s. imperialism and the theft of the resources of other countries.
    In this case, the resource is oil, and the profits also made by war itself, the most profitable business
    ever created.
    Those who are profiting are the big businesses that are there in their so-called re-building process.
    Great. Invade another country. Destroy it and then make billions off of rebuilding it, but it is never the same,
    in most cases.
    Nicaragua was the fastest growing democracy in the history of the world some 25 or so years ago.
    The u.s. went there and they are still ranked among the poorest nations on earth and have never
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    Jul 26 2013: there is a joke that goes as: drunk man searches for something under a street lamp. policeman asks him: what are you looking for? drunk answers: i lost my keys in those bushes over there. policeman: then why are you searching for it here? drunk: because it is dark there, i can't see a thing.

    there is intel about terrorist hiding there, and operating training camps. it is rather well known that normal military warfare is utterly ineffective against such guerrilla groups, but the US government is unable to adapt, and tries to solve the problem with raw power, throwing more dollars into the bottomless pit of the MIC. which is also a great opportunity for looting.
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      Jul 26 2013: May happen if your drunk but unless your suggesting the US political enterprise is drunk, I fail to see the relevance of the joke.

      And sure the Russians learn't the 'hard way', but then they were playing politics not working on keeping an economy going like the US.
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    Jul 26 2013: The reason is geo politico economical .