Surge? U.S. Launches An Afghani Ground Offensive

Thursday, July 02, 2009

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The U.S. has launched a major offensive in a southern province in Afghanistan. The military has sent 4,000 Marines and 650 Afghan soldiers flooding into the Helmand province in one of the largest offensives since the Vietnam War. For more on this story we turn to Sam Gardiner, retired Air Force Colonel who taught strategy at the National War College, and Paul Tait, specialist editor for Reuters based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

"The plan now is to take the ground and to hold it. And by holding it, help Afghan communities rebuild and then move on to construction projects."
— Paul Tait of Reuters on the offensive in Afghanistan


Col. Sam Gardiner and Paul Tait


Stephanie Hughes

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