“These people are entrepreneurial and will show the world what Afghanistan can achieve,” she said.
Following the Soviet retreat, Afghanistan fell into more chaos, giving rise to the brutal rule of the Taliban movement, which sheltered Osama bin Laden. Nearly seven years after the United States retaliated for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by driving out the Taliban and bin Laden, Afghanistan is still struggling to rebuild and still fighting a rearguard Taliban insurgency.
Mr. Jawad, noting the current Smithsonian exhibition of the “Hidden Treasures of Afghanistan,” said, “Like many treasures of Afghanistan that need to be dusted off from the ashes of war and neglect, there remains much work to be done to restore the true glory of our people. We can do this through education.
“The American University of Afghanistan is emerging as a vital player in helping shape Afghanistan’s future.”
The dinner included two students from the university, Belqis Dawood and Nassria Phashton, who traveled to Washington from Kabul.
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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