War and Peace in Afghanistan

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It's going on seven years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. But the news out of Afghanistan in the last couple of days and weeks hardly sounds like a wrap-up phase.

A giant jailbreak in the traditional southern Taliban stronghold of Kandahar. NATO forces rushed from Kabul to a region where the Soviets were once mired.

Artillery barrage on the Pakistan border, and Afghan president Hamid Karzai threatening to send Afghan troops over that border into Pakistan.

This hour, On Point: From the front, war and peace in Afghanistan.Guests:

Jon Boone, Afghanistan correspondent for The Financial Times.

Joanna Nathan, senior analyst for the International Crisis Group in Kabul.

Tariq Ali, novelist, historian, and editor of New Left Review. His article "Afghanistan: Mirage of the Good War" appeared in the March-April issue.

John Arquilla, professor of defense analysis at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and author of "Worst Enemy: The Reluctant Transformation of the American Military."

This program aired on June 23, 2008.


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