The Graveyard of Empires

The Russians were coming, came and left. Afterwards the American military gave it a long costly attempt, and now reportedly, China?

Nearly 20 years later and a countless loss of life with an alarming cost of trillions since US troops invaded Afghanistan to oust the Taliban and attack al-Qaida, Americans are advancing a final withdrawal.

Authorities in Afghanistan, according to the Daily Beast are now engaged with Chinese leaders as they plan to invest in infrastructure through China’s international “Belt and Road Initiative.”

This trillion-dollar project is focusing on airports, roads and seaports throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. It reportedly includes the construction of highways, railways and energy pipelines. The construction of a road between Afghanistan and Pakistan, is one of the major projects on the table. 

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a mountainous landlocked country at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Afghanistan is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south; Iran to the west; Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to the north; and China to the northeast. Will it be three strike they’re also out, or perhaps a Chinese fortune for a Kabul cookie?

American forces are leaving a deeply impoverished Afghanistan on the brink of another civil war. While even the Taliban is encouraging Afghans to stay in the country, concerns remain over how the local women and girls will be treated.