Afghanistan: Get set for surge in bloody battle

From The Sunday Times
December 6, 2009
Afghanistan: Get set for surge in bloody battles

Christina Lamb in Washington and Miles Amoore in Kabul
Jan Mohammad, a bus driver on Highway One, the notoriously dangerous Kabul-to-Kandahar road, found out about Barack Obama’s plan to send more troops to Afghanistan when a fight broke out in the back of his bus on Thursday.

His passengers were discussing last week’s announcement by the president when one, from Zabul province, said: “I think Afghanistan needs more troops. It is a good thing. Without them we will never have peace in our country.

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