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7th Rangers: A Year After Taliban's Return: Afghanistan's Surrounding Countries Fear Radical Islam by Vladimir Rozanskij

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for he must suffer and be the deepest wounds and scars of war.”
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“Nobody ever defended, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.
Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
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Which must always come to pass
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as bright as his brass
"Step forward you Soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint."
I've had to work on Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.
But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep.
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,
The Soldier squared his shoulders and said
And I never passed a cry for help
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
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Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod
As the Soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, you Soldier,
You've borne your burden well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
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A Year After Taliban's Return: Afghanistan's Surrounding Countries Fear Radical Islam by Vladimir Rozanskij
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

AsiaNews : In Afghanistan, religious extremism and tribalism rule. The region’s countries are watching the events with apprehension, trying to limit the influence of radical Islam. War and weapons dominate political life whilst the economic crisis fuels tensions. On the Uzbek side, border controls are tight but bridges are reopening.

Moscow (AsiaNews) – On 15 August 2021, the Taliban retook Kabul after the sudden and precipitous withdrawal of US troops, which unleashed chaos at the airport, with mothers throwing children over fences into the arms of US marines.

A year later, news reports from Afghanistan are increasingly sporadic and vague, except for the reimposition of religious extremism and tribal rules.

In neighbouring Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, but also Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the authorities are monitoring with apprehension any possible spillover of radical Islam.

The countries of Central Asia are trying everything to encourage a moderate practice of religion, compatible with far from stable political systems, entrusted to a former Soviet ruling class that thrived for decades on Russia’s relative stability on the one hand and Western armed forces on the other.

Now the dual pillar is no more. War and weapons are back at both ends dictating the flow of political and social life amid an economic crisis that is fuelling tensions within their territories pitting various social classes and ethnic groups against each other.

In addition to their asymmetrical neutrality vis-à-vis Russia’s war in Ukraine, the ways these countries have managed to handle the Afghan powder keg are particularly important.

Tajikistan is at the forefront not only for geographical reasons – its border with Afghanistan is the one most at risk of infiltration – but also for its ethnic make-up since Tajiks are Afghanistan’s largest ethnic minority, but unrecognised by the Pashtun-dominated government in Kabul.

For its part, Uzbekistan is pursuing a containment policy, not only because it is the most populous country in the area (35 million vs 31 million Afghans) but also because of its strategic location on the trade routes linking China, India, Russia, and Europe.

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