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Introduction

Jennifer Heath

in Land of the Unconquerable

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520261853
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948990 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520261853.003.0001
Introduction

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The United States and its allies launched an assault against Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 in retaliation for the attacks of 9/11, and removed the Taliban from power. The U.S.-led invasion tends to obfuscate the fact that no Afghan was responsible for the tragedy of September 11, 2001, yet all Afghans have been paying for it. There are Afghan women who say that the Taliban era was an improvement over the civil war period, for at least there was peace of a sort. This book provides historical background leading to insights, observations, and narratives of Afghan women's lives in the present, as close to the ground as one can get, with comprehensive solutions and modest suggestions for social policy toward the future. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is given.

Keywords: Afghanistan; United States; 9/11; Afghan women; social policy; Taliban

Chapter.  15673 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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