In his article for the March/April 2013 issue of Foreign Policy, journalist Peter Bergen encourages readers to consider just how far Afghanistan has come since the fall of the Taliban. Why focus solely on the (admittedly daunting) problems the country still faces, he argues, when the gains it has made are equally worth acknowledging -- and, in several cases, quite stunning?
The following statistics are evidence that while
plenty has gone wrong in the war-torn country, plenty has also gone right.
Above, two Afghan boys fly a kite next to the remnants of an old tank in Kabul on Aug. 13, 2012.