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Study: Few Afghans know about 9/11, reason for war

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We should really get the information out there. Sadly most Afghans can't read or write.

KABUL — Afghans in two crucial southern provinces are almost completely unaware of the September 11 attacks on the United States and don't know they precipitated the foreign intervention now in its 10th year, a new report showed on Friday.

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The report by The International Council on Security and Development (ICOS) policy think-tank showed 92 percent of 1,000 Afghan men surveyed in Helmand and Kandahar know nothing of the hijacked airliner attacks on U.S. targets in 2001.

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"The lack of awareness of why we are there contributes to the high levels of negativity toward the NATO military operations and made the job of the Taliban easier," ICOS President Norine MacDonald told Reuters from Washington.

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The report said 81 percent of those interviewed in the south thought al-Qaida would return to Afghanistan if the Taliban regained power, and that 72 percent thought al-Qaida would again use the country to launch attacks against the West.

Study: Few Afghans know of 9/11, reason for war - World news - South and Central Asia - Afghanistan - msnbc.com
 

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I wonder if they can find South Carolina on a map though?
 

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Not that shocking. After all when the attacks happened the Taliban were in charge and television and radio were banned so there was very little news getting through. What is more shocking is that people in the West actually think that the people of Afghanistan know why we invaded... how should they?
 
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