07 Oct '11, 10am

Afghanistan marks 10 years since war

Afghanistan marks 10 years since war

A young girl begs for money in Kabul on Oct 7, 2011. Afghans have marked 10 years since US warplanes began bombing the Taliban out of power, looking back on a decade of war that has cost thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. -- PHOTO: AFP KABUL (AFP) - Afghans on Friday marked 10 years since US warplanes began bombing the Taleban out of power, looking back on a decade of war that has cost thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. Within weeks, the Taleban crumbled under the onslaught of Operation Enduring Freedom. Its fighters had fled and Afghans poured out of their homes celebrating the collapse of one of the most repressive regimes in modern times. But as the United States turned to Iraq, committing tens of thousands of troops and billions of dollars to ousting Saddam Hussein, the Taleban began to transform from a rag-tag bunch of renegad...

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