War in Afghanistan longer than expected

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KABUL. December 13. KAZINFORM Nine years have passed since the ouster of Taliban regime by U.S.-led coalition in late 2001, but the war on terror in Afghanistan could take more time than they expected; Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

On Oct. 7, 2001, "Operation Enduring Freedom" kicked off with the aim to topple Taliban regime for harboring al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, who is alleged the architect of Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The Taliban regime was toppled easily but Bin Laden and the Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar are still at large. Furthermore, a stiff resistance by Taliban militants has forced a surge in U.S. and allied troops.

Taliban has repeatedly rejected peace talks with the U.S.- backed government before the foreign troops end their occupation; Kazinform cites Xinhua.

See www.xinhuanet.com/english2010 for full version

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