19 Sep, 2019
Afghanistan: Background and U.S. Policy in Brief [Updated September 19, 2019]
Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
Thomas, Clayton (Analyst in Middle Eastern Affairs)
From the Document: "Afghanistan was elevated as a significant U.S. foreign policy concern in 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 it. In the intervening 18 years, the United States has suffered around 2,400 military fatalities in Afghanistan (including seventeen in combat in 2019 to date) and Congress has appropriated approximately $133 billion for reconstruction there. In that time, an elected Afghan government has replaced the Taliban, and most measures of human development have improved, although future prospects of those measures remain mixed. The fundamental objective of U.S. efforts in Afghanistan is 'preventing any further attacks on the United States by terrorists enjoying safe haven or support in Afghanistan.'"
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    Thomas, Clayton (Analyst in Middle Eastern Affairs)
  • Publisher
    Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
  • Report Number
    CRS Report for Congress, R45122
  • Date
    19 Sep, 2019
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    Congressional Research Service: crsreports.congress.gov/
  • Format
    pdf
  • Media Type
    application/pdf
  • Subjects
    United States
    Afghanistan
    Diplomatic relations
  • Resource Group
    Reports (CRS)

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