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Focus on Afghanistan

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 09 February 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:371
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    The media continue to provide detailed coverage and analysis of the situation in Afghanistan. Web coverage extends this further and offers the opportunity of getting information “straight from the horse's mouth.” Discussion forums on all the major search engines — for example, at — also provide the chance to engage in debates over subjects such as: what is the American economic interest in Afghanistan? Can war be justified? Is religion the root of war? How should the current humanitarian crisis be handled?

    The main focus of much internet attention is now on reconstruction and the provision of humanitarian aid. In the “reconstructing Afghanistan” area of you can read World Bank news stories and reports on the estimated levels of aid required for reconstruction. You can also access the findings from reconstruction conferences held in Bonn and Tokyo. The UK …

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