Afghanistan (Countries in Crisis) by Michael Burgan

By Michael Burgan

Offers the most up-tp-date info at the humans, tradition, And Conflicts Of Afghanistan. Maps, pictures, And different textual content positive factors support To help figuring out.

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1998 The Taliban controls most of Afghanistan and has close relations with Osama bin Laden. S. and international troops come to Afghanistan to force the Taliban from power. 2004 Harmid Karzai is elected president of a democratic Afghanistan. S. and allied troops still in Afghanistan. 2008 The United States sends more troops to Afghanistan, as violence continues. 65 million sq. 52 million mobile (2006) Internet users (2006): 535,000 7 privately-owned stations) TV stations: 20 stations (1 state-run station, Newspapers: several daily papers and two weeklies Radio: Radio Afghanistan—state-run, 3 private stations/networks Airports: 46 (only 12 with paved runways) Railroads: almost none Roads: 21,612 miles (34,782 km) MILITARY Branches: Army, air force Service: military service at age 22 for a 4-year term 45 GLOSSARY allies (AL-ize): friendly countries that will support each other militarily Anglo (AN-glow): relating to the English or English-speaking people archaeologists (ar kee OL uh gists): scientists who study the remains left behind by ancient peoples Buddhism (BOO-diz-uhm): a religion founded in India more than 2,500 years ago that is widely practiced in parts of Asia.

1994 The Taliban enters the battle to control Afghanistan. 1998 The Taliban controls most of Afghanistan and has close relations with Osama bin Laden. S. and international troops come to Afghanistan to force the Taliban from power. 2004 Harmid Karzai is elected president of a democratic Afghanistan. S. and allied troops still in Afghanistan. 2008 The United States sends more troops to Afghanistan, as violence continues. 65 million sq. 52 million mobile (2006) Internet users (2006): 535,000 7 privately-owned stations) TV stations: 20 stations (1 state-run station, Newspapers: several daily papers and two weeklies Radio: Radio Afghanistan—state-run, 3 private stations/networks Airports: 46 (only 12 with paved runways) Railroads: almost none Roads: 21,612 miles (34,782 km) MILITARY Branches: Army, air force Service: military service at age 22 for a 4-year term 45 GLOSSARY allies (AL-ize): friendly countries that will support each other militarily Anglo (AN-glow): relating to the English or English-speaking people archaeologists (ar kee OL uh gists): scientists who study the remains left behind by ancient peoples Buddhism (BOO-diz-uhm): a religion founded in India more than 2,500 years ago that is widely practiced in parts of Asia.

Bin Laden wanted to spread his version of Islam around the world. To do this, he attacked countries that he thought weakened Islam. At the top of his list was the United States. Many Afghans did not like the new laws. The Uzbeks, Tajiks, Hazara, and others who opposed the Taliban, united to form the Northern Alliance. They battled the Taliban for control of the country. TEACHING TERRORISM Osama bin Laden used some of his money to help the Afghan mujahideen fight the Soviet Union. He then used his wealth to fund terrorism.

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