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Afghanistan: NATO's Challenge

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Apr 25, 2004
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As the article states, Afghanistan is a daunting task for NATO forces.

NATO's Afghanistan Challenge
Author: Max Boot, Senior Fellow for National Security Studies
June 21, 2006
Los Angeles Times

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization was created in 1949 to contain communist expansionism in Europe. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the widespread expectation was that NATO would go the way of the Warsaw Pact. Instead, the alliance’s role has grown since the end of the Cold War. In 1995, it fought its first war, to pacify Bosnia, followed by the 1999 conflict over Kosovo, where a NATO peacekeeping contingent remains. But it is in Afghanistan, a country about as remote as you can get from the Fulda Gap in Germany—where NATO once prepared to fight the Red Army—that the North Atlantic alliance faces its latest, greatest test.

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