Today, October 7 2012, marks the 11th anniversary of the US-led invasion of Afghanistan. On this date last year, Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia published a report about the War in Afghanistan. This report is as relevant now as it was then.

It exposes the fallacies in the current Western strategy in Afghanistan, demonstrates how it has been a resounding failure, and presents the only hope to bring stability, security and justice to the region – the Islamic model of governance under the Caliphate.

What we have presented in this report is a reasoned perspective. Millions of people share our discontent with the war on Afghanistan and still hope, at least, to achieve some good from this terrible episode. Nevertheless, we conclude that there are root causes of the problem in Afghanistan that have not been fully debated and there are solutions to this conflict. The evidence for this is presented in the five chapters of the report.

The first chapter demonstrates that Western forces are fighting a losing battle in Afghanistan. The second chapter explores NATO’s atrocious report card for its ten-year rule in the country. Chapter three dispels some of the key myths upon which the Western narrative is built, and chapter four looks specifically at Australia’s involvement in the war.

Our conclusion is not a message of doom but a message of hope, because the politics of hope are not the sole preserve of the West – in fact, Western style democracy in Afghanistan has only brought horror and despair. Islam has an alternative system of government – the Caliphate – worthy of consideration, which stands for thea rule of law, political authority resting with the citizens and accountability. Surface similarities notwithstanding, it is distinct from secular liberalism and so we present its main features in some detail in the final chapter.

The report can be downloaded here:


The following two presentations were also delivered at a seminar convened to discuss this topic:

Ten Years of failure and oppression in Afghanistan, Uthman Badar

An alternative path in Afghanistan: Islam and the Caliphate, Wassim Doureihi: