Afghanistan
Obviously Afghanistan has been the primary focal point in the War on Terror since September 11, 2001 when the United States was attacked and about 3,000 people were murdered. The US government identified Osama bin Laden and the Al-Qaeda organization based in and allied with the Taliban, the Islamic government in Afghanistan, as the perpetrators of the attacks. While political and military mistakes have been made in this 10 year conflict, we have been successful and destroying the violent Al-Qaeda and Taliban leadership and allowing a government friendly to its neighbors to hopefully evolve. This evolution will take time and be difficult, so our commitment should not waver, but our need for regular military forces in Afghanistan has ended. Continuing to watch and appropriately react to developments in Afghanistan will be an important political issue.

Terrorist Attack on Afghanistan’s Top School Targeted Best and Brightest

8/26/16
from The Wall Street Journal,
8/25/16:

Students fled or hid as militants stormed the American University of Afghanistan, killing 16 people.

Naqib Khpulwak, a former visiting scholar at Stanford University, had returned home to Afghanistan in 2013 to teach a new generation the importance of law in a country where large parts of it can be lawless. “He loved Afghanistan. That’s why he didn’t stay abroad after he finished his studies. He was a very patriotic man,” said Bashir Ahmad Gwakh, a longtime friend of Mr. Khpulwak, who, like him, was a Fulbright scholar. Such dedication cost him his life: He was among 16 people killed when terrorists attacked the American University of Afghanistan, the country’s top school, late Wednesday.

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