Yet another Afghan offensive in Helmand province on its way
Afghans were fleeing the area over the weekend to avoid the impending violence, finding temporary housing in schools and with relatives.
The offensive could become the largest counter-insurgency operation since the war began in late 2001.
And it will be the first major assault since US President Barack Obama announced a 30,000 troop surge in Afghanistan.
Washington-based journalist and blogger Gregg Carlstrom says the offensive probably will not change the course of the conflict.
“It is not the only stronghold left in Afghanistan. The Taliban has other strongholds in Helmand and Kandahar,” said Carlstrom, “but they are saying that in an effort to draw in US and NATO forces because they have been talking about this offensive for months.”
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