The New Face of Afghanistan

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An earlier strategy for holding desolate mountain valleys with a far-flung network of combat outposts had been largely abandoned…

Petraeus’s top priority was winning Karzai’s approval for what was considered a critical program for creating village police forces across the country…

But the meeting with Karzai at the Presidential Palace quickly degenerated when the Afghan leader began voicing his concern that the local police forces could quickly become out-of-control militias…

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Paula Broadwell

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The brilliant combination of U.S. Special Operations Forces, the Central Intelligence Agency, Afghan Northern Alliance fighters, and American airpower that toppled the Taliban in three months was squandered when the United States marched headlong into Iraq in early 2003…

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It was difficult to build roads, repair mosques, open medical clinics and schools and foster economic development in areas still filled with Taliban, or where the villagers favored the insurgents over either the occupying force or corrupt, inept government officials…

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“Strive to under-promise and over-deliver…”

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http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2007/Faces_Afghanistan/index.html

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“It’s important to remember that that is where 9/11 began.  That’s where the plan was made.  That’s where the initial training of the attackers took place before they went on to Germany and then to U.S. flight schools.  That is where al-Qaeda had its most important sanctuary in the world, and it had it under the Taliban…”

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No one had ever truly governed effectively at the district level…

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The poppy harvest was just ending, which meant the fighting season was about to resume…

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The biggest problem, he told the congressmen, was the sanctuaries in Pakistan…

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She served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve…

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We love Paula

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editor

Rawclyde!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paula_Broadwell

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