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How to win in Afghanistan

The way we’re going to win in Afghanistan is by getting the Afgan Government involved in helping and protecting their people. The terrorists, who rule by, well, terror, are supported by the people—only if the people think their government can’t support them. Here’s a story from last week where all the right things happened; we need to keep supporting the Afghans as they grow into /During a routine patrol an Afgan army unit stopped near the Khakrez district center to distribute shoes to local children. Soldiers were helping toddlers try on shoes when a mortar round exploded close to their position. The troops responded while protecting the children. Thankfully, no one was injured. A village elder told the soldiers that the terrorists were attacking, because they were receiving assistance from their government.. While shaken by the attack, the elder asked the troops to stay and continue helping the children. Although this act could prompt another attack from terrorists, the village elder insisted he had faith that the army could provide security for the villagers.

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