America's Gamble In Kandahar
Haji Lala, a tribal leader in Sangeray, looks on as a U.S.-Afghan joint patrol enters the village looking for teenagers believed responsible for throwing grenades at coalition patrols.
One is a local Afghan warlord, the other is a tribal leader. The two men, and their relations with U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan, illustrate a challenge as the military tries to build enduring partnerships to rid the area of Taliban and bring stability to the country
July 14, 2010 Afghan soldiers call him "The One-Legged Warlord of Ashaque." In 2008, U.S. Army Capt. Dan Luckett was injured in combat in Iraq. But he returned to the U.S., learned to walk on an artificial leg and is now in Afghanistan, deployed with his 101st Airborne Division and fighting the Taliban.
July 9, 2010 Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division have deployed to Afghanistan's Kandahar province in a U.S.-led operation to thwart the Taliban. For one unit at Combat Outpost Ashoque, it is a dangerous routine of responding to hit-and-run Taliban attacks in the fields and huts of the Afghan farmland.
July 6, 2010 In Zhari, north of Kandahar city, U.S. troops recently teamed up with an Afghan district governor to get to the bottom of a string of grenade attacks. U.S. officers say it is the kind of cooperation that will be necessary to turn the tide in Afghanistan.
June 30, 2010 Soldiers in Afghanistan complain that cautious rules of engagement sometimes put them at risk by preventing them from firing on the Taliban. Officers say the practice is saving the lives of innocent civilians and helping win the support of locals. Still, troops are looking to their new commander, Gen. David Petraeus, to see if the rules will change.
June 29, 2010 The U.S. operation in Afghanistan's Kandahar province includes training the Afghan police, which is plagued by illiteracy, high dropout rates and drug use. A quality, independent police force is essential if Afghanistan is to protect its own people. But creating one could take years.
June 24, 2010 U.S. and Afghan officials say it will take more than the new American-led military thrust in Kandahar to drive out the Taliban. Local governments must start working again for the people, offering public services, jobs and hope. But a lack of security and money means very few Afghans are willing to serve.
June 17, 2010 The mission of Green Berets in a village outside Kandahar is a long, slow effort to persuade Afghans to side with the government and not the Taliban. Recently, the American troops met with some small success. It's part of the major U.S. military operation in the Taliban stronghold.
June 17, 2010 In Afghanistan, the battle for Kandahar may not have officially begun, but it is already quietly under way. Green Berets outside Kandahar city are working to set up schools and clinics and provide security. But building ties with the villagers may prove the most difficult job of all.