Thursday, July 29, 2010

Afghanistan News Update: July 29, 2010

Some of our allies in Afghanistan are effective but some are also warlords who grow hashish . . . see "Local strongman is U.S. troops most reliable friend in Kandahar province", The Washington Post, July 29, 2010.

Corruption, next to the Taliban, is the biggest challenge the U.S. faces in Afghanistan. 
"The issue was also a central concern for Petraeus's predecessor, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, as the U.S. military has come to realize that its counterinsurgency goals depend on fighting corruption. NATO surveys have found that anger at corruption is the top reason Afghans support the Taliban over the government."
Read more in "For General Petraeus, battling corruption in Afghanistan is a priority", The Washington Post, July 29, 2010.

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