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July 2, 2009
U.S. launches major new offensive in Afghanistan

On Thursday, almost 4,000 United States Marines poured into small villages in the southern Afghan province of Helmand where the Taliban has gained a foothold.

The main goal of the operation, dubbed “Strike of the Sword,” is to launch a massive assault while simultaneously gaining back the trust of the people.

Marvin Weinbaum, a scholar at the Middle East Institute and former State Department analyst on Afghanistan and Pakistan, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the importance of Helmand and the new operation.

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Since poppies are such a big crop in Helmand Province,can’t they be used for something more acceptable to the world besides opium?

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