Afghanistan: The Anatomy of an Ongoing Conflict

  title={Afghanistan: The Anatomy of an Ongoing Conflict},
  author={Ali Jalali},
  journal={The US Army War College Quarterly: Parameters},
  • Ali Jalali
  • Published 15 February 2001
  • Political Science
  • The US Army War College Quarterly: Parameters
The civil war in Afghanistan is a microcosm of the post-Cold War multilateral competition for influence in unsettled regions. The Afghan conflict involves internal armed factions with extensive foreign links, neighboring states that pursue competing strategic interests, and ultra-regional players who have ideological, security, or economic stakes in the chaos. With no central authority in Afghanistan, neighboring countries further their policies by engaging and supporting rival Afghan factions… 
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    000 anti-aircraft heavy machine guns, 2,000 recoilless rifles, over 11,000 antitank weapons (RPGs) and 3,500 mortars. See Garyev, annexed map
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        T-54, T-55, and T-62 tanks; BMP-1 and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicles
          The 5th Corps was composed of the 40th Infantry Division in Bagram and the 2d Infantry Division in
          • Jabal-Seraj
          BM-21) and (BM-22) MBRL
            The corps includes the 54th Infantry Division in Kondoz, the 55th Infantry Division in Takhar, and the 20th Infantry Division in Badakshan
              The National Guard Corps was created after the Soviet withdrawal. It included five well-equipped and highly paid brigades, all based in Kabul
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