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Led military assaults drive the Taliban from Kabul. S. government sends 1,000 soldiers into southeast Afghanistan to find al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists on March 20. Overview of a Struggling Nation 39 Afghanistan in rubble WORLD IN CONFLICT: THE MIDDLE EAST FA S T FA C T S Area: 250,000 square miles (647,500 square kilometers)– slightly smaller than Texas Border countries: China, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Climate: Arid to semi-arid; cold winters and hot summers Population: More than 27,000,000 by July 2002 estimates Ethnic groups: Pashtun 38 percent, Tajik 25 percent, Hazara 19 percent, Uzbek 6 percent, other ethnic groups 12 percent Religions: Sunni Muslim 84 percent, Shiite Muslim 15 percent, other religions 1 percent Government type: No functioning central government, administered by factions Capital: Kabul Economy: Afghanistan is an extremely poor landlocked country, highly dependent on farming and livestock raising (sheep and goats).
On March 20, 2003, about 1,000 soldiers were sent on an in-depth mission to hunt for any remaining al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists. S. and other countries have also helped Afghanistan rebuild its war-torn land. Afghanistan’s rebuilding will be no small task. Roads will need to be rebuilt and a government developed. Farms will need to be replanted. Land mines left over from war will need to be located and disarmed. Most important are the more than three million refugees and other Afghans who were caught in the crossfire of war.
He fights against America’s influence in the world. Bin Laden believes that American values conflict with Muslim ones. 36 A F G H A N I S TA N ’ S STRUGGLES WORLD IN CONFLICT: THE MIDDLE EAST Bin Laden was accused of planning the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States. He is the leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist group. His actions thrust Afghanistan into the world spotlight. S. President George W. Bush sent military troops into the already-struggling country. The troops were to help the Northern Alliance hunt for Osama bin Laden and rid Afghanistan of terrorists.
Afghanistan's Struggles (World in Conflict-the Middle East) by Cory Gideon Gunderson