This chapter, which explores the origins and goals of the two principal groups responsible for suicide terrorism in Afghanistan—the Taliban and Al Qaeda—reveals that the initiation and trajectory of suicide terrorism in Afghanistan is the direct result of foreign occupation. It explains that many Afghans support suicide attacks as a strategy to end Western military operations and a crisis of confidence in the Afghan central government. The chapter also analyzes Pakistan's close ties to the Taliban and Al Qaeda, which continue to frustrate U.S. counterterrorism efforts in the region.
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