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Two articles well worth reading

Gregg Carlstrom and Joshua Foust have both put out excellent articles in the past few days.  I’m on seriously restricted reading these days, but I made the time to read their work, which did not disappoint.

Gregg tackles the issue of Yemen and fickle attention spans while Josh addresses  the fate of Marjah.

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  1. John
    03/05/2010 at 2:41 am

    “Do not clear and hold what you are not willing to build and transfer,” he told McChrystal, a maxim he had repeated often over the previous months. “You’ve heard me say it many times, but it bears repeating,” Obama said as he signed off.

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1967867,00.html

    On Sunday, the 1,000 Marines with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines Regiment were fortifying positions to the north and west of the town, taking over compounds and building others from scratch to create a small garrison, known as a Forward Operating Base, as well as combat outposts and a network of temporary patrol bases, said Capt. Joshua Winfrey, head of Lima Company.

    Another battalion was doing the same to the south of Marjah, Winfrey said. About 1,000 Afghan troops will accompany the Marines, he added. In addition about 900 Afghan paramilitary police are already patrolling Marjah.

    Marine spokesman Capt. Abe Sipe said a more permanent military outpost will facilitate a long-term NATO presence in the town.

    “We are going to have a presence in Marjah for some time. There’s no plans for anyone to pull out,” Sipe said. “The idea is to live among the local nationals because we found that’s the best way to partner with local security partners to make Afghans feel safe and not under threat.”

    Marjah residents had told government officials that they preferred NATO troops to be based in the town itself, instead of being outside, to provide better security.
    Winfrey said he has been told that the entire battalion expects to be stationed in Marjah until the end of its deployment in August.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100228/ap_on_re_as/as_afghanistan

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