Country Program: Afghanistan
We all remember the Afghanistan of the past: a country ravaged by war and the Taliban’s cruelty; a country isolated from the world, and a haven for al-Qaida; a country where human dignity was trampled and where liberty was deemed an impure thought. In 2001, the Afghan people, with the support of the United States, ousted the Taliban regime, and began building fair and democratic government institutions. Since then, the United States and partner nations have worked with the Afghan people to build and reform Afghanistan’s democratic and independent institutions.
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The drug trade, however, has undermined virtually every aspect of the Government of Afghanistan's drive to build political stability, economic growth, the rule of law, and its capacity to address internal security problems. The United States and the international community assist the Government of Afghanistan in its efforts to develop the institutions capable of combating opium cultivation and trafficking. Through the "Five Pillar" plan of: Public Information; Alternative Development; Eradication; Interdiction; Justice Reform; the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs focuses U.S. Government assistance in combating narco-production and trafficking.