Feb 182010
 




There are still villagers and Taliban fighters in Marjah? Most of the residents that left with the advancing of the Marines stated Marjah was nothing but a ghost town with very few if any residents remaining. I’d be more concerned about friendly fire accidents and of course IED’s.


Around the Web: Marjah after the battle

Preparations are underway for the next phase of the operation in Marjah – installing an effective government – report Matthew Rosenberg and Michael M. Phillips of the Wall Street Journal.

“It’s also the phase with the most uncertain prospects. The Taliban was able to easily take Marjah more than two years ago because the government’s authority there was weak, and what little existed was often corrupt and predatory,” Rosenberg and Phillips write.

“’Phase 2’ is to begin in coming days when the new top administrator of the town, sub-district governor Haji Zahir, is put in place along with a team four American ‘mentors’ who work for the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, said Frank J. Ruggiero, the senior U.S. civilian representative in southern Afghanistan.”

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