Ten years after the US-led military invasion of Afghanistan, and all sides are assessing what has been achieved.
Many Afghans blame the allies especially the Americans for causing death and destruction in their country.
Whereas the allies put themselves forward as bringers of freedom and democracy. They say they arrived to overthrow an oppressive regime that harboured terrorists, and now wish to leave behind a stable government and secure country.
However in a recent interview, Mark Sedwill, The UK’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said that a hasty pull out in 2014 carries with it a significant risk of civil war.
“It’s significant. I don’t think it’s the likeliest outcome. But I think it is significant. And I think that there are people who warn of that and give us all a salutary reminder of the consequences of failure.”
There is a clear desire on many sides to pull out of this costly war, but Afghanistan remains a country which is desperately poor, with a worsening insurgency, and many fear the costs of pulling out with a job half done.