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Is Operation Moshtarak a fool's mission?

http://afpak.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/02/08/is_operation_moshtarak_a_fool_s_mission

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“For example, a far more impactful use of the troop surge would be to take back control of the ring road from Kabul to Lashkar Gah from the Taliban — a strategic artery which is vital for control of the south of Afghanistan and would have an immediate and beneficial impact on the entire conflict. Currently, travel on these roads is Taliban dominated and highly dangerous, restricting local life immensely and increasing the sense of isolation of the people of the south. Further, NATO and Afghan forces should also focus on regaining control of the whole of Kandahar province. This area has much greater geographic and political significance to the Taliban than Helmand. Holding the territory — not just seizing, and then withdrawing from it — is critical for enabling vital development and infrastructure projects, boosting the local economy within the Afghan civilian community, and draw support away from the Taliban. "

by teru kuwayama at 2010-02-17 07:11:47 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→


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