The war in Afghanistan seems more and more like a fake war. Talibans have good relations with US ally Pakistan. The war has gone on for a long time. Sweden has nothing to do with it but takes part to motivate mass immigration from Afghanistan to Sweden. Strange incident with friendly fire killing Swedish soldiers and inability of the US to win the war.
Afghanistan has proven difficult to conquer for British, Russians and Americans. Strong conflicts between many groups of people makes it difficult to govern the country. Without central authority not even “divide and conquer” will work. Mountainous terrain gives advantage to guerilla warfare.
US supported the Taliban attacks against Soviet. Now Pakistani support Taliban against Afghan government.
2017 there were still 13000 foreign troops in A., officially fighting the Taliban.
The Soviet war in Afghanistan started in 1979
Basically the Afghan government called for Soviet help.
Soviet involvement was induced by the US:
Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahiddin began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979. But the reality, closely guarded until now, is completely otherwise: Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention [emphasis added throughout].