24 june 2017
Central Asia news: Afghanistan
An international experts’ meeting to take place in Dubai, the largest city of the United Arab Emirates on November 8-9, 2011: “Afghanistan in 2001-2011: towards sustainable state and society”. This event has been organized by: “Ariana” Afghan center (Almaty, Kazakhstan), “Politkontakt” Center for political technologies (Moscow, Russia), the Afghanistan and regional studies center (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
At the end of October of 2009 the state-owned railroad company of Uzbekistan became the contractor of the Hairaton-Mazar-i-Sharif railroad. At the end of November the project was approved by Uzbek government. Despite modest length of the line – only 75 kilometers – this is strategic project, Afghanistan has been waiting for many years. The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is still one of those very few Asian countries that do not have railways. This project is vitally important for Uzbekistan: in the future the country may become biggest cargo transit center in the region, backed up by emerging strong partnership between Tashkent and Washington DC.
The Enduring Freedom operation was launched in the night of October 7, 2001. International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), operating under NATO, have been present in Afghanistan for already 8 years. ISAF are represented by 39 countries, both inside and outside NATO. Ferghana.Ru addressed the experts on Afghanistan with simple questions: «What did America gain in this war? What was the benefit for EU? Is there any benefit for Afghanistan?»
Arkady Dubnov: The Afghanis tolerate armed occupiers but it is getting increasingly more difficult to do so