December 6, 2013

U.S. Repeating Afghan Mistakes in Syria

Michael Young, NOW Lebanon

The Associated Press

While the situation in Syria is somewhat different, similar dynamics have been at play: a devastating conflict has led to a breakdown in the state and in traditional social structures, creating an ideal space in which militant jihadis can thrive and gain in strength. Ultimately, the existence of such failed entities poses a threat to the West, because the jihadis either move back to Europe and the United States from where they came, or use their lawless territory to mount terrorist actions against ideological enemies abroad.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Syria, United States, Afghanistan

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