Monday, March 8, 2010

Marjah, Afghanistan: A Long Stay

U.S. troops will be in the Marjah, Afghanistan area for quite some time.  After a hard-fought battle to take the town and the surrounding area, the U.S. has decided not to vacate the area and give it back to the enemy.  I guess this is the "hold" part of the "clear, hold, build" strategy to defeat the Taliban.  About time we decided to "hold" something.  It is estimated that 2,000 U.S. Marines and 1,000 Afghan troops will stay in the area.  Read more in "Marines, Afghan troops to stay months in Marjah", USA Today, February 28, 2010.  Read a collection of news articles about the battle for Marjah, Afghanistan.

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