Aid programs in Afghanistan should last for decades - veteran
US officials say the ongoing campaign in Marjah in the Helmand province is a prelude to a bigger operation.
NATO says the Marjah offensive is almost over, with just a few weeks needed to take control over a few remaining villages.
Meanwhile, there has been a wave of terrorist activity in other parts of Afghanistan.
At least 17 people were killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul on Friday.
“You could have all the victories in the world. You could defeat all the insurgents, but the real antidote to the problem is going to be development projects that will be sustained for decades, not the military occupation,” he said.
Jake Diliberto concluded that unless the Afghan population responds to the aid and development projects there will be no success on the territory.