Monday, October 10, 2011

In Pictures: Ten years of war in Afghanistan

A war launched in Afghanistan by the US and its allies to topple the Taliban regime and hunt down al-Qaeda members has dragged on for ten years. The military intervention promised a new beginning for Afghans, tired of decades of factional fighting followed by the Taliban's oppressive rule.

In the 10 years since, much has been achieved in the war-torn country: girls have returned to school, a constitution has been adopted, elections have been held, and major steps have been taken to institutionalise democratic governance. But the ten years have also cost tremendous human life, both Afghan civilians and coalition soldiers. The Taliban continue to launch major attacks on urban centers as the future of a negotiated settlement grows bleak after the recent assassination of Karzai's peace envoy, Burhanuddin Rabbani. view gallery here