McClatchy journalist Jonathan S. Landay, who has reported on Afghanistan for 23 years, says "there's a great deal of apprehension" in the country. "Most Afghans don't want the Taliban back, at least not the way they ran the country in the 1990s.”
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However, Landay adds that, “because of the fact that these last eight years have been squandered by the previous administration, and because of its misguided policies towards Pakistan, and because of Pakistan's policies, people are very much sitting on the fence in Afghanistan.”
A challenge for the Obama administration will be to convince Afghans that the United States intends to rebuild Afghanistan, not just “occupy their country as part of a war against Islam," Landay said.
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