The world helped destroy Afghanistan. It must help Afghans rebuild it | Zarlasht Halaimzai

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Fifteen years after 9/11, Afghans are working hard to create a better country. The international community must acknowledge its failings and support them

When my family fled Kabul in the 1990s, a bloody civil war was raging in Afghanistan. After years of western support to fundamentalist militant groups, those groups had defeated the Russian army and the communist government, then ravaged the country as they fought to control it. The international community had washed its hands of Afghanistan, seemingly indifferent to the fact that the people raining rockets on Kabul were trained by the CIA, or that the rockets were purchased with money from the west, leaving the militants to tear the country apart.

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Still, even after nearly 40 years of war, ordinary Afghans are fighting for a better life

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