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Afghanistan marks 10 years of US war

UNEASY:The anniversary has highlighted public anger over a corrupt government, unwanted foreign soldiers and civilian deaths, with no prospect for peace in sight

AFP, KABUL

Experts argue that the 10th anniversary finds Afghanistan at a key turning point.

“Time is running out to leave Afghanistan in an acceptable shape that would justify the time, money and lives spent in expanding the mission from counter-terrorism to state building,” said Terry Pattar, senior consultant at defense intelligence group IHS Jane’s.

Patar said there were “major doubts” over whether the Afghan government could enforce stability after foreign troops leave and predicted an eventual pact with the insurgents.

“There will have to be some form of rapprochement with elements of the Taliban if Afghanistan is not going to descend back into civil war,” Patar said.

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