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By Matthew J. Morgan

In October 2004, greater than 8 million electorate of Afghanistan grew to become out to vote within the first democratic election within the turbulent, 5,000-year heritage of the rustic. This fabulous voter turnout within the face of terrible threats and real bullets, rockets, and bombs used to be a shout of defiance and an important setback to the previous Taliban regime and their al Qaeda allies. It was once a gorgeous good fortune and critical leap forward for the Afghan humans and for the us within the crusade opposed to foreign terrorism. The switch is extra dramatic than the yank Revolution, within the aftermath of which the hot American democracy maintained a consultant type of executive just like its British roots. The switch can also be extra confident than the French Revolution, which degenerated into tyranny and anarchy. The Afghan Revolution of democratic governance, albeit aided and guided via overseas army and political powers, is therefore the most ancient occasions of our time.Written by way of a former U.S. military intelligence officer, this booklet offers readers with a candid account of Afghanistan's first presidential election and its next transition to democratic self-governance. specifically, Morgan speaks to the protection equipment and the measures keeping the election. The election's defense method marked a defeat for the al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorist insurgents trying to frustrate Afghanistan's transformation right into a democratic country. Morgan's narrative of Afghan improvement is interspersed with firsthand, own bills from the author's eleven-month deployment as an officer serving within the U.S. army in Afghanistan. His stint there, embedded in the United international locations in a civilian-clothes position, permits him to put in writing from the point of view of a UN protection officer, delivering insights past those who may be won at the battlefield.

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The massive staffs and headquarters organizations are already the cause of some of the most significant inefficiencies that occur in modern warfare. Especially with American and allied publics demanding to reduce the number of deployed forces, reducing unnecessary headquarters organizations would seem to be a worthwhile endeavor. Aside from the three regional headquarters, several task forces subordinate to CJTF-76 operated throughout the country. Combined Task Force Phoenix was primarily an Indiana National Guard Brigade augmented by foreign forces from several countries including France, Bulgaria, Romania, Great Britain, and New Zealand.

Like people of traditional medieval times, religion rules their life, combined with a series of irrational superstitions. Thus, efforts toward 0:16 P1: 000 GGBD145C02 C9999/Morgan 36 August 9, 2007 A Democracy Is Born religious conversion would meet strenuous resistance and arouse feelings of hostility from the tribes. Second, it is illegal for Afghans to practice Christianity. S. Army and Operation Enduring Freedom could the chaplain possibly distribute crosses and other religious paraphernalia in one of the most conservative regions of the country.

A several-years-long construction project is currently underway on a paved roadway connecting Kandahar to Tarin Kowt. Thus, the infantry brigade commander assumed control of Regional Command South. The development of the third Regional Command in the west is the most difficult to understand from an organizational standpoint, seemingly a completely fabricated and superfluous headquarters of a very temporary duration. The western province of Herat is possibly the most prosperous in the country, enjoying the flow of trade with its neighbor Iran and the protection of a strongman named Ismail Khan.

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