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Monday, July 31, 2006

NATO Takes over in Southern Afghanistan

As reported by Fisnik Abrashi for The Washington Post, “NATO troops assumed command Monday of military operations in volatile southern Afghanistan from the U.S.-led coalition in the latest bid to crush resurgent Taliban forces behind a deadly spike in bloodshed.”

“Today’s transfer of authority demonstrates to the Afghan people that there is a strong commitment on the part of the international community to further extend security into the southern region’s provinces,” says Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, commander of U.S.-led coalition forces.

Abrashi reports that “the mission is considered the most dangerous and challenging in the Western alliance’s 57-year history.” He says that “it coincides with the deadliest upsurge in fighting in Afghanistan since late 2001 that has killed hundreds of people—mostly militants—since May.”

“The NATO alliance’s 8,000-strong deployment in the south includes some U.S. troops and will be under the command of British Lt. Gen. David Richards. Officials said Richards effectively becomes the first non-U.S. general to command American forces in combat operations,” Abrashi reports.

The report says that NATO “hopes to bring a new strategy to dealing with the Taliban rebellion: establishing bases rather than chasing militants. It also wants to win the support of locals by creating secure zones where development can take place,” reports Abrashi.

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