Afghanistan won’t go away

Posted: September 27, 2010 in Government, Middle East, Oil
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Afghanistan won’t go away, in my opinion. Read current entry on www.bettecox.wordpress.com. Here are two interesting articles.

American and Afghan Troops Begin Combat for Kandahar
http://www.nytimes.com
September 26, 2010

ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan — American and Afghan troops have begun the active combat phase of a military operation designed to drive the Taliban out of districts around the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar city, military officials said Sunday.

Code-named “Operation Dragon Strike,” the push is focusing on clearing the Taliban from three districts to the west and south of the city, said Brig. Gen. Josef Blotz, a NATO spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul. “We expect hard fighting,” he said.

The aim, he said, would be “destroying Taliban fighting positions so they will not have anywhere to hide.”

The operation is the first large-scale combat involving multiple objectives in Kandahar Province, where a military offensive was originally expected to begin in June. That offensive was downgraded to more of a joint civil-military effort after the military encountered problems in trying to pacify the much smaller city of Marja and because of resistance from Afghan leaders concerned about the possibility of high civilian casualties.

During the last week of August, at the instigation of Afghan authorities, American troops supported a major push into the Mehlajat area on the southwest edge of Kandahar city, driving them from that area but with few casualties on either side. At the time, military officials said that was the beginning of what would be an increase in active combat operations around Kandahar.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/27/world/asia/27afghan.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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Here’s another article, which gives a little insight into the one above…

Afghanistan and the new great game
http://www.thestar.com
12 Aug 2009

Prized pipeline route could explain West’s stubborn interest in poor, remote land.

Why is Afghanistan so important? A glance at a map and a little knowledge of the region suggest that the real reasons for Western military involvement may be largely hidden.

Afghanistan is adjacent to Middle Eastern countries that are rich in oil and natural gas. And though Afghanistan may have little petroleum itself, it borders both Iran and Turkmenistan, countries with the second and third largest natural gas reserves in the world. (Russia is first.)

Read the rest of the article here:
http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/679670

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