U.S. Faces “Popular Revolt” in Helmand

by Joshua Foust on 7/2/2009 · 1 comment

Well, Carlotta Gall has actually said it all in the lede:

The mood of the Afghan people has tipped into a popular revolt in some parts of southern Afghanistan, presenting incoming American forces with an even harder job than expected in reversing military losses to the Taliban and winning over the population.

I’m glad she’s back.

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Globalforme July 3, 2009 at 10:03 am

Another view…

Exclusive reports from hotspot Helmand, Afghanistan

Global Radio News correspondent Jerome Starkey is on his way back from Helmand… Where the most senior British commanding officer just died, killed in action along with a 18-year-old Trooper.
This happened as a massive US military operation aimed at driving the Taliban from south Afghanistan and winning the trust of locals swung into action…

GRN Correspondent was reporting there… What do ordinary people in Afghanistan think about western troops, the Taliban and the renewed American military surge? A look into the politics and anxieties of wartime.

In the personal scope, how are displaced or separated families? What of those that have lost relatives since the bombs fell in 2001? How is life eight years later? A look into the human cost of war, on a local scale…

Also: a bizarre result of the 20th century. Afghans are quick to remind British troops of their three bloody defeats under the Raj decades ago, but bizarrely, in Lashkar Gah, locals have fond memories of the Americans. The town was largely built on US aid dollars in the 1950s as Moscow and Washington competed for influence. It used to be called “Little America.” There are rows of 1950s-style houses built for American development staff.

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