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By Olga Oliker, Richard Kauzlarich, James Dobbins, Kurt W. Basseuner, Donald L. Sampler

An evaluation of humantarian-assistance efforts via the interplay among civilian and armed forces services within the early stages of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

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S. S. government. At the same time, more public attention was being drawn to the Taliban’s treatment of Afghan women. It was soon clear that the United States was not seriously considering any moves toward recognition of the Taliban regime. This perception was confirmed when the United States bombed Osama bin Laden’s camps in Afghanistan in 1998. 18 ____________ 16 The Appendix to this report contains a more detailed discussion of the drug issue. 17 Ahmed Rashid, Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001, pp.

S. strategy to surround and block Iranian influence in the region. 14 The massacres of local Shias and the murder of Iranian diplomats in Mazar-e-Sharif in 1998, along with later massacres of Shia Hazaras in Bamiyan province, only deepened Teheran’s antipathy toward the Taliban. Once the Soviet Union dissolved, Afghanistan also bordered three of its successor states—Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan. When the Taliban came to power, Tajikistan was already embroiled in its own civil war, with indigenous factions backed by some of Afghanistan’s warring groups.

This, along with the fact that the military continued to act in a combatant role without a UN mandate, limited the room for cooperation with IOs and NGOs. Overall, the level and quality of interaction between the military and the civilian community vary, depending on the nature of the operations and, more specifically, on the nature of the involvement of the military in these operations. In natural disasters, military and civilian missions are essentially the same: to provide immediate relief to the affected populations.

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