Why did the US go to war in Afghanistan?

What was the US response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan?

The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan and the U.S. Response, 1978–1980 At the end of December 1979, the Soviet Union sent thousands of troops into Afghanistan and immediately assumed complete military and political control of Kabul and large portions of the country.

When did the Afghan War start?

The war in Afghanistan started on 7th October 2001 when the US and its allies started air strikes against the Taliban forces and Al Qaeda.

Why did the US go to war in Afghanistan?

In order to fight the occupying Soviet forces and stop the spread of communism, the United States armed militia groups, which ultimately gave rise to the Al Qaeda and Taliban. Finally, with the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Soviet forces withdrew from Afghanistan, but it let the country in disarray, leading to a civil war.

Why are there so many troops in Afghanistan?

The US and the Taliban have signed an agreement aimed at paving the way towards peace in Afghanistan after more than 18 years of conflict. Under the deal, the US and its Nato allies will withdraw all their troops from the country in 14 months if the hardline Islamist movement upholds its commitments to stop attacks.

There are several reasons for the war to have lasted 20 years. One, the Afghan government wasn’t effective in dealing with the Taliban. Two, the Taliban was tenacious. It regrouped and came back after every military loss. Also, according to BBC, the US did not have a clear political strategy to be successful with the drawdown.

Why is Afghanistan a difficult place to fight?

Of course, there are many other factors that make Afghanistan a tough place to wage war in. Logistically, the terrain makes it difficult to move people and equipment.

Why did the US help the Taliban in Afghanistan?

The US funneled arms and help to these anti-Soviet forces. But in the post-Soviet power vacuum, the Taliban was formed under the leadership of Mullah Mohammed Omar, who wanted to create an Islamic society, expel foreign influences like TV and music from the country and impose a repressive version of Islamic law that is particularly harsh on women.

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