Over the past four decades, Afghanistan has been torn apart by social
unrest and civil war. Most recently, the harsh government of the
Taliban, which ruled according to a strict interpretation of Islamic
law, was overthrown by a U.S.-led invasion of the country in 2001.
Since then, foreign assistance has helped Afghanistan begin rebuilding,
and the country has taken important steps toward democracy.
Yet difficult problems remain. In parts of the country, for example,
the elected government must still contend with various factions for
actual control, and poverty and disease are widespread.This book examines the economic and political issues facing
Afghanistan today. It provides up-to-date information about the
country's geography and climate, history, society, important cities
and communities, and relations with other countries.
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