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The death of Osama bin Laden and what it means for the Afghan people

Kamminga, Jorrit (2011) The death of Osama bin Laden and what it means for the Afghan people. International Affairs at LSE (04 May 2011). Website.

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The death of Osama bin Laden might be a big blow for the Al Qaeda network and its ideological affiliates around the world, but for ordinary Afghans it may convey a rather different message. His death may symbolically put an end to an era of international military presence in the country that was sparked by the 9/11 attacks in 2001. In lectures I give on Afghanistan I sometimes show a slide with photos of the 19 hijackers of the 9/11 planes and ask students how many of those actually were Afghan. Although some students know the answer, there are many that cannot believe that there were zero Afghans involved in the direct planning and carrying out of these terrorist attacks. Nevertheless, these non-Afghans provided the casus belli that toppled the Taliban regime and subsequently caused a decade of death and suffering for the Afghan people.

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Additional Information: © 2011 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2017 07:30
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 18:25

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