On the third day of the biggest allied military offensive in Afghanistan since 2001, U.S., British and Afghan troops have converged on Marjah, a Taliban stronghold and opium hub in Helmand province.
Meanwhile, the ongoing problem of civilian casualties again reared its head when two U.S. rockets hit a house over the weekend. And today a NATO airstrike killed five people mistaken for insurgents.
Katulis discusses the strategic significance of the assault on Marjah and the Afghan army’s involvement. He also talks about the Afghan government’s ability to take control of Marja once international forces leave.
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