Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Lessons from Marjah: Kandahar Battle Plans are Adjusted
The coalition forces have learned some lessons from the battle of Marjah, Afghanistan. One is that the Afghan "government in a box" concept of moving into a liberated area failed (surprise, surprise). It was believed that the Afghans would be ready to move in and set up a local government, establish and maintain security, and take over with their Army and police forces. A second is that the Taliban is resilent and once the major combat operation phase was over - resumed operations. So this has delayed "the fight for Kandahar". The roar of publicity by the coalition forces over upcoming "operations" in Kandahar has diminished. The time table for "efforts" (no longer called operations) has slipped from early summer to the autumn. Read more in: "U.S. Military Tones Down Rhetoric On Kandahar", NPR, May 20, 2010. Click here for more news on the fight for Kandahar.