June 22nd, 2011
08:04 PM ET

Voices from inside Afghanistan

Three veterans of Afghanistan's conflict reflect on their years there and their hopes for the embattled country. Journalist Carlotta Gall, American John Christopher Turner (who has worked on and off in Afghanistan since the 1960s) and Afghan opposition leader Dr. Abdullah Abdullah weigh in on what it will mean when the U.S. troops begin withdrawing.

"I think you're going to have instability and insurgency still," says Gall. "And you're going to have people very nervous - who are anti-Taliban - who will start agitating to say we have to defend ourselves. ... There's great trepidation in 'what's next?'"

Watch more above from those inside Afghanistan.

More from CNN's Nick Paton Walsh in Afghanistan:
Taliban back in town?
CNN's Nick Paton Walsh reports on the reappearance of the Taliban to control one Afghanistan town near the Pakistan border.

Next Afghanistan battle: Opium
Far away from the war, in the remote hills of Badakhshan, there is another battle raging. Trundling into the valleys on dusty roads ripped up by large SUVs, an Afghan task force is heading towards their target: an industry so profitable that many fear it's Afghanistan's only viable option once the West pulls its troops and money out.

Afghan women risk death to learn to read
In Kandahar, Afghanistan, women study in secret, risking their lives to learn to read.

Inside an Afghan jailbreak tunnel
Get an inside look at where and how hundreds of Afghan Taliban escaped jail via a narrow tunnel to freedom.

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  1. pamiri

    Now Taliban dnie for what they did in Logar hospital, i think Karzai is leading them in one or the other way and now putting the words like we did not do this or that action, but we people better know Taliban and their backs in Afghanistan and in the region,

    from Kabul

    June 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kerry Bedford, TX

    It will always be corrupt, the people will continue to kill and oppress each other. Staying and pouring more $$$ is not going to change anything. The longer we stay the more people hate the US. Osama is dead, time to get out. Peace be to the Afghan people.

    June 23, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. PJ

    The US will never befriend the Afghans. The Afghans will take as much money as they can, lie to everyone and stab us in the back when we try to leave. They are a barbaric, 8th century people destined to remain so for several hundred more years. We should get out now.

    June 23, 2011 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
    • ketchupisfun

      or maybe it's cause the US bombed the hell out of everything for "human rights" and now running away like a little girl?

      June 23, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
      • Hank Zmith

        I agree with you ketchupisfun. There was no need to invade Iraq. Saddam was doing a wonderful job of killing Muslims without Dick Cheney's help.

        June 23, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • CM

      Afghanistan and Pakistan are a waste of US taxpayers' money and US troops' lives. Let them live in squalor and ignorance.

      June 23, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cookie

    It is my understanding that the opium poppy is also used to make medicines such as Morphine. I fail to understand why then, these people are not allowed to grow a commercial crop that has such vast medical applications? Perhaps its time to stop attacking the farmers and turn attention to the actual root of the problem?–Just sayin...'

    June 23, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. AntiObama


    June 23, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. Daveed



    Why not attack Israel next to protect innocent civilians?

    June 23, 2011 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
    • ignorant redneck

      For that matter we should bomb ourselves to protect civilians our troops also have been caught sport killing innocent civilians

      June 23, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. pamiri

    Actually still we need the international forces help and their protect us from PK Taliban and ISI, having of weak leader shipe by Karzai , which designated by ISI made these ten past years wasted for all people without any major acheivements that we were and we deserved to, we have to change Karzai, by legitimate president whom people like and want dr Abdullah Abdullah as president of Afghanistan,

    from Kabul

    June 23, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. pamiri

    Dear CNN site please stop those emails which is trying to defame my email by posting such a bad words regarding some one, and please the site responsible person, you know better him/her is posting under the name of pamiri which before just i was posting, forces on her/him to change his/her screen name from (pamiri to somethings else) and I am not respobsnible for what he/she is posting, I am waiting for your response on it ,,

    pamiri From Kabl

    June 23, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  9. m.s.mohamed ansari

    All press and media Arabs leader and G20 leader control by A TO Z + 8
    QUEEN + 8
    Royal wedding cost. 10 generation total $ 57 trillion
    Each every politician rolling 8 years only
    But queen family enjoying 10 generation
    Only peace and prayer
    I am also happy kill osma bin laden
    Turing point of global economy. Islam not allowed Terries Terries people not for Muslim
    1. Please avoid war. Day by day war cost increase $ 3.5 trillion
    2. Global economy in crisis
    3. International job less
    4. Global financial crisis
    5. Financial crisis for every manufacture
    6. World poverty problem
    7. Each every single man effected
    8. Ignore future death million of already death
    9. million Of people wounded
    10. Global environment climate will be change this will lead global agriculture problem


    Mr.M.S.Mohamed Ansari,
    154, Angappa Naicken Street,
    Chennai – 600 001.
    Tamil Nadu, India.

    ToThe Hon’ble Chief Justice,
    The Supreme Court,
    United States of America,
    Washington, D.C.
    Fax no: 213.547.8080


    Sub: Prosecution of previous President Mr. George W.Bush, for violation of International Code of Conduct.
    Mr. George W.Bush, the previous President of United States of America, initiated a war against IRAQ, without obtaining the previous sanction of United Nations Organization (UNO) on the pretext of having nuclear weapons, even though the then IRAQ government openly exhibited to the whole world that it has no nuclear weapons.
    According to the CNN WORLD report, in the war 6, 75,000 civilians killed, 7500 troops of USA and its allied forces killed 3 25 000 people wounded and $ 3.5 Trillion Dollar spent for the war. This spending of $ 3.5 Trillion Dollar is the main cause of action for the present economic crises prevailing all over the world.
    After winning the war against IRAQ, the United States of America’s President Mr. George W.Bush, also admitted the same fact, and he openly stated that the Intelligence agency misguided him.
    Later on, even the United Nations Organization (UNO) also certified that the IRAQ has no nuclear weapons.
    Then it is the bounded duty of the United States of America and its allied forces to withdraw from IRAQ.
    But instead of withdrawing from IRAQ, the United States of America and its allied forces formed a government in IRAQ, under their control and administered the entire IRAQ, and its peoples.
    This indicates a clear violation of duty by the President of United States of America Mr. George W.Bush and also a clear case of violation of the International Code of Conduct for UNO members.
    Thus Mr. George W.Bush attracts prosecution for the above said offence.
    Thus I hereby pray this Hon’ble Court initiate criminal proceedings against Mr. George W. Bush, and give him maximum punishment for
    a) Initiating the war against the IRAQ
    b) Killing its innocent IRAQI peoples
    c) Killing troops of USA and allied forces and
    d) The present economic crises.
    e) 3 25 000 people wounded
    Dated on this day of 13th day of April, 2009.
    Yours truly, (M.S.MOHAMED ANSARI)

    The Chief Justice, the International Court of Justice, The Hague, Netherlands.
    The Secretary General, United Nations Organization
    The Chief Justice, the Supreme Court, IRAQ.
    His Excellency Mr.Barack Obama, the President of United States of America, White House, Washington D.C.

    June 23, 2011 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Hank Zmith

      I agree with you m.s.mohamed ansari. There was no need to invade Iraq. Saddam was doing a wonderful job of killing Muslims without Dick Cheney's help.

      June 23, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    Who is the moderator that is letting all this hate speech be posted? Please do let these type of comments be posted, as all they do is sow division. Do not give a voice to the hateful, for then they become the vocal minority whom everyone fears.

    June 23, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      II just learned that there is no moderator. I posted a response to blog on soccer on the CNN website, and my comment said "Waiting for moderator approval" or something like that. For a non-controversial topic like soccer, they have moderation. For a very controversial topic like war, they have no moderation. CNN is dropping the ball on this one.

      June 23, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • AntiObama

      Hey Numnuts, Its called freedom of speech.Jesus Christ your a moron.

      June 23, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      I don't see hate but care for the innocent lives lost.

      June 23, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  11. Micah

    pathetic that you would actually like all Pakis to become like her. ANd how would you feel if that was your mother, displaying her body for all to see like a piece of meat.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Canuk-eh

    Apparently there is a worldwide shortage of legal medicinal opiates. Why are our troops destroying poppy fields? Wouldn't it make more sense to let farmers grow the crops and sell to pharma companies? There again I'm not a politician or a military tactician. In the meantime our troops are dying in this God forsaken part of the world. Pull them out NOW.

    June 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian32

      Opium in Afghanistan is mainly used for heroin production. Afghanistan produces 90% of the worlds heroin. Very little of it goes to anything good, most of its profits of selling it goes to the Taliban and other terrorist groups. Most of the workers are given Opium as payment to keep them constantly addicted to heroin, they are simply slaves and replaceable to farm owners. Its a damn shame.

      June 23, 2011 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dan from Chicago, IL

    We should not, call each other names. We should love another and living under sharia law IS NOT LOVE! LOVE IS WHEN YOU CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER AND WILLING TO DO ALL YOU CAN FOR EACH OTHER NOT SUBMISSION OVER ONE OR ANOTHER!

    June 22, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joe

    screw em put the burka back on them, now they all think we OWE them.

    June 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |