UNO staffer, a native of Afghanistan, offers perspective on bomb launch
OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - Thursday's military action in Afghanistan hits home for one man because he used to live there. He now works at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, but used to serve as a government official in Afghanistan as recently as ten years ago. He says terrorism is a big problem in his native country.
"ISIS has been an emerging threat around the world. I'm talking the Middle East especially and Afghanistan now. They're merging and they are attracting fighters from all across the world," said Sher Jan Ahmadzai, who works as the director of the Center for Afghanistan Studies.
At one point, Ahmadzai served as an aide to the country's president. It was his job to help rebuild Afghanistan in a post 9/11 world.
"For me, being apart of the government meant I was doing something for the country of my birth. This is a country that my father lost his life for, my uncle lost his life for and my grandfather lost his life for."
For Ahmadzai, an end to any kind of conflict won't happen overnight. He thinks it's going to be a long struggle and believes the U.S. and its allies need to come together to work out a solution.
"We have to go after the terrorists wherever they are whether that's other areas or inside Afghanistan."
He says the consequences of not finding them would be dangerous.
"Unless we get rid of the safe havens and their supporters the fight will continue, unfortunately, and many more lives will be lost."
Thursday's military action follows last week's missile strike on the country of Syria. The government says that was in response to a chemical weapons attack.