Monday, July 26, 2010

Marjah Battle Not Quite a Success; Not Yet a Failure

Richard Holbrooke - special envoy to Afghanistan - has stated that the battle for Marjah is not yet a success but can't be called a failure. 
The United States can't provide that security indefinitely, he said, and will have to train the Afghan police and army to replace them. Such a "clear, hold and build" strategy is "at the heart of counterinsurgency," Holbrooke said. "It's not accurate to say Marjah's a failure and it's premature to say Marjah's a success.
Basically it is too soon to tell.  Read more in "Holbrooke: Too early to gauge Marjah success", Afghanistan Crossroads CNN World, July 25, 2010.

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