Afghanistan: Hopes and fears after Nato troops withdraw

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai steps down as Nato's forces leave in 2014 (photo:dpa)
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai steps down as Nato's forces leave in 2014 (photo:dpa)

The bulk of Nato forces are due to leave Afghanistan in 2014. The hope is that the Afghan government and its armed forces will be able to build on the progress that has been achieved in improving stability and security in the country, and that the development of the economy will continue. But one of the fears is a return of tribal violence and civil war, which could again allow the return of the repressive Taliban regime.

NUMBERS dying in the Afghanistan conflict have dropped and significant strides are being made in its political and economic development. The country now has functioning parliamentary and judicial systems and is making progress in education and economic investment.

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