279. 2/15/1989

“…after the Soviet withdrawal [from Afghanistan] in [February 15] 1989, the international community turned away from Afghanistan and the militias continued to organize and fund themselves through drug production. The continuous violence and lack of government authority led to growing poverty and suffering across Afghanistan. It was in these circumstances that the Taliban came to power.”

 – Clare Short, An Honourable Deception?, Page 111

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