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http://www.oregonherald.com/news/story/y/89564_next-big-combat-mission-in-afghanistan-will.htm

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“Officials at the U.S.-led International Security Assistance Force say that the focus of the coalition will shift from Helmand to Kandahar — the big prize for both the Taliban and the coalition. Kandahar city is home to around 1 million people, while Marjah, the target of the massive ongoing offensive in Helmand, is an obscure dusty town of 85,000 inhabitants that had turned into a Taliban stronghold.

A senior ISAF official, who didn’t want to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue, said: “This moves to Kandahar . That’s the next main objective.”

…“We’re not going to see a Marjah-style operation in Kandahar because it’s much more ambiguous. Kandahar city in particular is complex. I get the sense that commanders aren’t really sure what they should do there,” said Carl Forsberg , an analyst at the Washington -based Institute for the Study of War who specializes in Kandahar …"

by teru kuwayama at 2010-02-22 07:17:31 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/26/AR2010022606008_pf.html

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The assault on Marja, the largest U.S.-NATO military operation since 2001, is a “prelude to larger, more comprehensive operations,” senior Obama officials said Friday. Administration officials declined to say when the Kandahar offensive will begin, but military officials have said that it probably will kick off in late spring or early summer after additional U.S. forces have moved into the area.

by teru kuwayama | 27 Feb 2010 22:02 | Palo Alto California, United States | | Report spam→

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