They Say We’re Winning in Khost

by Joshua Foust on 5/28/2008

Ann Marlowe (05/08): “The crown jewel in the American counterinsurgency is Khost province.”

Barnett Rubin (05/08): “No amount of road building and police mentoring in Khost will compensate for a failed regional policy and unreliable security forces. The successes in Khost are not so much fake as irrelevant to the larger picture.”

Xinhua (05/08): “Anti-government militants set ablaze a clinic in Afghanistan’s eastern Khost province early Wednesday, a police officer said.”

CJTF-101 (05/08): IED after militant clash after militant capture after IED… in Khost

e-Ariana (06/07): “The police in Khost showed us a suicide vest they had captured a few days ago. It was wired and ready for use, packed with 30kg of explosives.”

Overall security incidents in RC/East, courtesy Rubin?

rce may

Up 36.3% over 2007. The signs of impending victory are afoot.

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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