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  PoS   WORD HIS EDU SOC LAW HUM PHIL SCI MED BUS
1  V    COMPREHEND 185 169 205 111 229 234 140 41 14
2  J    MODIFIED 89 147 403 197 70 90 614 338 24
3  N    INSTABILITY 549 57 239 286 158 130 289 208 27
4  J    PROJECTED 85 42 123 119 116 60 464 38 277
5  J    INCOMPLETE 215 130 249 159 214 172 352 248 17
6  R    CONTINUOUSLY 148 155 217 89 132 137 607 178 35
7  N    RELIANCE 308 158 369 341 141 194 325 84 40
8  J    DECLINING 246 73 244 200 45 88 285 61 75
9  V    CONFORM 230 193 305 265 305 317 223 76 25
10  N    OVERVIEW 266 271 341 176 199 132 444 198 15
 

withdrawal in 1989 did not end Afghanistan's woes. Instead, war, anarchy and fragmentation followed the Soviet withdrawal, as fighting continued against the Soviet-installed Najibullah government. Mohammed Najibullah's overthrow in 1992 finally brought the anti-Soviet resistance groups -- called the mujahedin -- to power, but still the war did not end. Without the glue of a common enemy, the mujahedin turned their guns on each other in a brutal civil war. Peace remains an unlikely prospect in the near future because no Afghan group has been able to impose its will on the other factions. In addition to disagreement among the various factions over the division of power, constant competition among outside states for influence has also destabilized Afghanistan. Indeed, if anything, competition among regional powers has become more intense after Kabul's takeover in September 1996 by the Taliban guerrilla group. The conflict in Afghanistan has deep social and political roots. But the immediate factors responsible for the fighting are

 
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