U.S. Collaboration with Brutal Afghan Warlords Breeds Resentment and Instability

Posted June 4, 2014

MP3 Interview with Anand Gopal, author of "No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes", conducted by Scott Harris

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America’s longest war in Afghanistan will not end in 2014 as President Obama had earlier pledged. When Obama visited U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan on May 25, he announced that while most of the 32,800 American combat soldiers there would be coming home by the end of the year, a force of 10,000 would likely remain to conduct counter-terrorism operations and train Afghan soldiers and police. Two days later, back in Washington, the president filled in the details of his plan to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan in December – and reduce that number by half by the end of 2015, moving to a small support force by the time he leaves office in January 2017.

While the Afghan military is slated to take full responsibility for their nation’s security, many observers are wary of their capability to fend off attacks by the determined Taliban guerilla movement. But as Afghanistan holds the second round of its presidential election on June 14, the impoverished country continues to face many internal threats, including widespread corruption and indiscriminate violence at the hands of powerful warlords.

As the U.S. media focuses attention on the controversy that recently erupted after the Obama administration’s trade of five Taliban prisoners held in Guantanamo in exchange for the only remaining U.S. prisoner of war held in Afghanistan, journalist Anand Gopal has been warning of the dangerous legacy of toxic U.S. alliances there. Between The Lines’ Scott Harris spoke with Gopal, a former Afghan correspondent and author of the new book, “No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes,” who explains why he believes U.S. collaboration with brutal Afghan warlords has bred resentment and instability.

Find more information on "No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes," at us.macmillan.com/nogoodmenamongtheliving/AnandGopal.

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