Not that you'd know it from reading the domestic (U.S.) press. How does Newsweek reconcile its claim that Afghanistan is "sinking deeper into poverty":
For more than a year, Afghanistan has been sinking deeper into poverty, chaos and despair while the White House focuses on Iraq.
with the fact that, as the Economist reports [subscription required]:
The new national currency, the afghani, is widely accepted and stable. The economy grew by 28% last year, according to preliminary IMF estimates.
The Xinhua News Agency, in a August 18, 2003 article titled "Post-war economy grows over 30 percent in Afghanistan" for which I can no longer find a hard link but can still find in the Xinhua archives, provides some detail:
Afghanistan's economy saw a marvelous growth of 30 percent in the first year after the Taliban's ouster, mainly due to the return of refugees and an end of lingering drought, a spokesman said on Monday.
"According to reports by the Finance Ministry and the central bank, the economic growth in last fiscal year was over 30 percent," presidential spokesman Jawed Ludin told reporters at a routine press conference here.
The British weekly Economist has also reported a similar growth of the Afghan economy based on its independent estimates, he said.
Afghan officials and economists earlier estimated that the post-war country would achieve an economic growth of about 10 percent in the 2002 fiscal year ending on March 20.
The spokesman cited the repatriation of nearly 2 million Afghan refugees, end of a four-year-drought across the country and start of the reconstruction process as main reasons for the economic achievement of the country.
I guess Newsweek can be excused for not being aware of the tremendous economic growth Afghanistan has experienced, as I haven't seen it reported anywhere in the U.S. press. But I hardly expect to see the magazine correct the misimpression it has created.