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But the military assault also left a void that urgently needed to be filled and a host of problems that posed very different challenges. There was no sign of official services or control in the long-conflicted region: no aid agencies, no judges to settle land disputes and no officials to register voters for presidential elections next month.
The Marines, drawing on their experiences in Iraq and working closely with British forces and newly arrived teams of U.S. civilian specialists, did not let Khan Neshin languish for long. Within several days they had sent in a small international "stabi
GARMSIR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The DJs of Radio Garmsir in Afghanistan's lower Helmand River valley knew their station had touched a nerve when the letters started pouring in.
First a few, then more, and pretty soon 20 to 30 letters per day, hand delivered to a box outside the NATO base where they broadcast deep into Taliban territory from a desk in a tiny bunker.
Most are requests for songs. Some are complaints -- about police driving too fast through the bazaar, about the continuing failure of mobile phone companies to bring reception to the valley.
Originally posted by SLAYER69
Most of the Taliban are foreigners to Afghanistan.
Originally posted by PrisonerOfSociety
All irrelevant, as the devils tears will cry forever and the West will be there for an eternity to mop them up. The tightening grip of an oil super-state is forever closer. Just need to involve Iran now and they will have carte blanche on the middle east...and beyond.
Edit: Slayer, can you insert your great-game threads in your signature; i'd like to read to read them a few times as they are very informative
KABUL, Afghanistan — Sixteen civilians were killed Sunday when a transport helicopter working for the NATO-led military coalition crashed as it tried to take off from the military base at Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, officials said. Five others were injured.