Where does the Afghan war go now?

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"It's not pretty but it is progress." That is the view from the top - the opinion of Lt Col Jim Morris, commander of 45 Commando, Royal Marines.

We spent nearly a week with him and his troops in the Sangin river valley, seeing for ourselves what progress has been made and where the war in Afghanistan goes from now.

Most of the marines deployed here were just children when this conflict began but seven years later and they are the ones going on patrol.

They are barely out of their teens but already they carry a battle-worn maturity far beyond their years - they are the face of Britain's ongoing war in Afghanistan.
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Useful piece. Buried away in the full article, reproduced here for the benefit of "scanners":

A park has been built, a school is under construction, a mosque renovated and farmers are being helped to grow crops other than opium.
The MOD really needs to work harder to communicate the positives that are being done in Afghanistan. Ian Pannell makes a good point in relation to the age many serving on this hot op.

Most of the marines deployed here were just children when this conflict began but seven years later and they are the ones going on patrol.

They are barely out of their teens but already they carry a battle-worn maturity far beyond their years - they are the face of Britain's ongoing war in Afghanistan.

The pre-patrol briefing warns of the dangers that lie in wait for the marines: "We have received a specific threat of a Taleban suicide bomber in the market."

A description of the attacker is read out - a beard, a black turban, teeth missing. It could be more than half the men who live and work right outside the gates of this base.
Hopefully, these points can be considered by the wider public. Many seem blissfully happy to ignore the price that our nation's children often pay.

Maybe if the satelite link from Oz into ITV drops in the next few days, then ITV will repeat the 'Geordie boys' broadcast from two months ago in Helmand to fill the airtime. If we could only get Amy Winehouse to do a Gracie Fields' stylee gig to the troops on HERRICK, awareness would increase for about 10m.
 

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