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Afghanistan: Background and U.S. Policy: In Brief [November 1, 2018]   [open pdf - 1MB]

"Afghanistan has been a central U.S. foreign policy concern since 2001, when the United States,in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, led a military campaign against Al Qaeda and the Taliban government that harbored and supported Al Qaeda. In the intervening 16 years, the United States has suffered more than 2,000 casualties in Afghanistan (including 6 in 2018 thus far) and has spent more than $132 billion for reconstruction there. In that time, an elected Afghan government has replaced the Taliban, and nearly every measure of human development has improved, although future prospects of those measures remain mixed. While military officials profess greater optimism about the course of the war in 2018, other policymakers and analysts have described the war against the insurgency (which controls or contests nearly half of the country's territory, by Pentagon estimates) as a stalemate."

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CRS Report for Congress, R45122
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2018-11-01
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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