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Counterinsurgency, counternarcotics

Post by Scott Fontaine on April 29, 2009 at 10:50 am with No Comments »
April 29, 2009 10:50 am

The New York Times reports on the American military’s strategy of cutting off the main source of the Taliban’s money by deploying troops to the three southern provinces where the group harvests opium. And guess what unit appears to be scheduled to spearhead the effort?

Many of the new American soldiers will fan out along southern Afghanistan’s largely unguarded 550-mile-long border with Pakistan. Among them will be soldiers deployed in the Stryker, a relatively quick, nimble armored vehicle that can roam across the vast areas that span the frontier.

All of the new troops are supposed to be in place by Aug. 20, in order to provide security for Afghanistan’s presidential election.

(Yes, I know the Strykers in the photos are from 3/2. But it’s just a really cool photo.)

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