Holding our nerve in Afghanistan Communities have flourished where foundations of security have been laid. We intend to replicate these successes in 2010 Jim Dutton guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 29 December 2009 12.00 GMT With British forces mainly based in Helmand, it is not surprising that most reporting in UK concentrates on that province, and reporting of the recent tragic casualties reflects this. Having returned last month from a year as the deputy commander of the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in Kabul, I can give a more Afghanistan-wide perspective. There has been encouraging development in Afghanistan since the overthrow of the Taliban regime eight years ago. The statistics speak for themselves: in education, enrolled pupil numbers have grown from 1 million in 2001 to about 6.6 million today. More than a third of these are girls, up from virtually none under the Taliban. Access to healthcare has vastly improved across the country, with 82% of the population now living in a district with access to basic healthcare, compared with 9% in 2003. More http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/dec/29/afghanistan-security-successes-2010?