From The Times December 24, 2009 Remote areas at risk as Nato acts to protect Afghan cities Jerome Starkey Ãn Kabul RECOMMEND? Families in remote parts of southern Afghanistan will be left to fend for themselves as a result of Natoâs plan to switch the focus of the campaign to securing towns and cities. The top general in the area told The Times that most of the surge would be deployed to five districts in central Helmand and the area around Kandahar city, where most of the regionâs population lives. However, he insisted that troops in the four southern provinces would not abandon remote bases, as Americans forces have in the east. âOne may not be able to focus on some of the areas where the population is very disparate and in those areas the population is going to be more involved in protecting themselves,â Major-General Nick Carter said. He refused to say what help communities outside the Nato areas could expect, but he said that no one would be âleft in the lurchâ. âIf the population feels it can secure itself, it will do that,â he said. More http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/Afghanistan/article6966929.ece?