Clock Ticking in Afghanistan -- David Axe, The Diplomat
Sealing the porous border with Pakistan will be essential if Afghanistan is to have any hope of stability. ISAF has its work cut out.
They attacked in a human wave, hundreds strong. It was October 30, 2010 in the town of Margah, in the remote province of Paktika along Afghanistan's border with Pakistan. Just months prior, the US Army had shifted about 50 fresh infantrymen into a tiny, neglected outpost outside Margah's main bazaar. The reinforcements, part of the Barack Obama administration's Afghanistan ‘surge,’ doubled the manpower at the outpost—and provoked a massive Taliban reprisal.
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