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Post-Taliban Afghanistan has made progress: NATO


08:11, November 15, 2011

KABUL, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- The post-Taliban Afghanistan has made tangible progress in different fields since the collapse of Taliban regime 10 years ago, a NATO's civilian spokesman said on Monday.

"Ten years ago this past weekend the Taliban fled Kabul and Afghanistan's capital city was liberated, today is an opportunity to reflect on some of the positive achievements that have been made by the government and people of Afghanistan with their international partners over the last ten years," NATO's civilian spokesman Dominic Medley told reporters in weekly press briefing here.

The economy is 11 times larger than it was under the Taliban, he said, adding "There are now 18,000 km of paved roads, which give a boost to the trade and economy."

There are five times more people enrolled in education programs - - some 40 percent of the them are women, he said.

"Under the Taliban rule, women were not allowed to get an education," Medley added.

The Taliban regime was ousted from power on Nov. 12, 2001 in a U.S.-led military campaign and the Taliban fighters had fled Afghan capital of Kabul towards countryside.

However, the Taliban have staged a violent comeback years later after their ouster and have been waging a vicious insurgency.

With regarding to continued security incidents in Afghanistan, Medley said "You will never be 100 percent effective against terrorists and extremists who are willing to blow themselves up and kill Afghanistan civilians" adding "what is stronger now is the commitment between international community and the people and the government of Afghanistan."

"There is no going back to the bad days, it's a desire to move forward to have stability, peace and prosperity," Medley added.

"It is clear that the Taliban leadership has lost control of their organization, a fcat that has not gone unnoticed by Afghans and the rest of the world," spokesman for the 130,000-strong NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) General Bill Truelove told newsmen at the same press briefing.

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