BY STEPHEN TANNER
PUBLISHED BY DE CAPO PRESS
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For over 2,500 years, the forbidding territory of Afghanistan has served as a vital crossroads for armies and witnessed history-shaping clashes between civilisations--Greeks, Arabs, Mongols and Tartars, and in more recent times, British, Russian, and American. Following the events of 11 September 2011, British and US troops entered Afghanistan--a land that for centuries has become a graveyard of empires. By spring 2002, the Taliban regime had been defeated, and the terrorists it harboured were on the run. But the allies' easy victory then is in sharp contrast to the difficulties they face today in confronting the Taliban's...