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Afghanistan's Land Mines: A Legacy Of War

The Taliban's return to power following the end of its 20-year insurgency could have aided demining efforts by opening up territory previously inaccessible due to fighting. Many foreign governments who had been providing assistance are now refusing to use taxpayer funds to prop up the Taliban, an Islamist group that enforces its hard-line interpretation of Shari'a law and has been at odds with much of the West since harboring Osama bin Laden following the 9/11 attacks. One unintended consequence of punishing the Taliban, however, is that more people will be killed or maimed by a legacy of land mines.


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