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What Surge? Afghanistan’s Most Violent Places Stay Bad, Despite Extra Troops

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Wired (blog), 23 August 2012
‘When President Obama surged 30,000 additional U.S. troops into Afghanistan in 2010, the new forces were concentrated overwhelmingly on two volatile areas of southern Afghanistan: Helmand and Kandahar Provinces. Now, as the troop surge is practically over, those provinces still rank as the most violent in the entire country. According to Marine Gen. John Allen, the commander of the war, ten districts around Afghanistan account for fully half of the insurgent violence in the country […:] six of those districts — Sangin, Now Zad, Nad Ali, Kajaki, Musa Qalah, and Nahr-e Saraj — are in Helmand Province, [… t]hree more of them — Maiwand, Panjwei and Zharay — are in Kandahar.

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