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On July 18, , an Afghan mission headed by Mohammad Shah Wali arrived in the United States. The Afghan delegation met with the U.S. Afghanistan–United States relations can be traced to but the first contact between the two occurred further back in the s when the first recorded person. The Taliban insurgency remains resilient seventeen years after U.S.-led forces toppled its regime in what led to the United States' longest war.
From the s toU. Kennedy and Eunice Kennedy Shriver. Habibullah Karzaiuncle of Hamid Karzai who served as representative of Afghanistan at the United Nationsis also believed to have accompanied Zahir Shah in the course of the King's state visit.
At a formal dinner hosted by the Royal Family, the American delegation presented the King with a piece of lunar rocka small Afghan flag carried on the Apollo 11 flight to the moon, and photographs of Afghanistan taken from space. By the s, numerous American teachers, engineers, doctors, scholars, diplomats, and explorers had traversed Afghanistan's rugged landscape where they lived and worked.
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Ambassador Adolph "Spike" Dubs was murdered in Kabul after Afghan security forces burst in on his kidnappers. All remaining assistance agreements were ended after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Following the Soviet invasion, the United States supported diplomatic efforts to achieve a Soviet withdrawal. In addition, generous U.
This cross-border humanitarian assistance program aimed at increasing Afghan self-sufficiency and helping resist Soviet attempts to drive civilians out of the rebel-dominated countryside. During the period of Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, the U. After this initial reduction, U. Bythis transition process will be complete, and Afghanistan will be responsible for its own security. A Strategic Partnership Declaration between the United States and Afghanistan will solidify the long-term partnership.
Rapid progress on this agenda is important and requires international support.
Toward this end, the U. In April Afghanistan and the United States finalized a strategic partnership agreement outlining their relationship following the withdrawal of Western combat troops from the country.
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The deal insures American military and financial support for the Afghan people for at least a decade beyondthe deadline for most foreign combat forces to withdraw. Beyondthe United States shall seek funds, on a yearly basis, to support the training,equipping, advising, and sustaining of the Afghan National Security Forces ANSFso that Afghanistan can independently secure and defend itself against internal and external threats, and help ensure that terrorists never again encroach on Afghan soil and threaten Afghanistan,the region, and the world.
Afghanistan will provide US forces continued access to and use of Afghan facilities throughand beyond as may be agreed in the Bilateral Security Agreement, for the purposes of combating al-Qaeda and its affiliates, training the Afghan National Security Forces, and other mutually determined missions to advance shared security interests.
Far from being stable, relations between the US and Afghanistan, since the establishment of diplomatic exchanges, have been characterized by inconsistent patterns of tension and collaboration. During the Cold War, Afghanistan became the locus of the superpower proxy war for influences in the Middle East. Following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the US actively supported mujahidin resistance fighters in its quest to contain the Communist threat promulgated by the Soviet support for the Afghan government.
The Soviet occupation ended in with the takeover of a coalition of US-supported mujahidin under the military leadership of Ahmed Shah Massoud.
The subsequent years witnessed civil wars and the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan, who would become the enemy of the US shortly after. In response to the refusal of the Taliban to hand over Bin Laden, a US-led full scale invasion of the country began in as part of George W.
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The Taliban was ousted from power in the same year, yet continue to exert a reign of terror across the region.
As such, US involvement in Afghanistan continues until today, with the US providing support in various ways, including humanitarian relief and assistance, capacity-building, security needs, counter-narcotic programs, infrastructure projects and in training the Afghan security forces.
The year will see the withdrawal of US troops from the country, thus launching a period of military transition. Furthermore, presidential elections are currently set for Aprilmarking the beginning of the political transition for the country. Lasting peace for Afghanistan is finally on the horizon, but will continue to need the maintenance of economic and diplomatic support from the US.