Marja: Operation Moshtarak Tests Obama's Afghan War Plan
20,000 troops are going to send some hurt to the Taliban. Afghanistan's Fallujah maybe? If I recall, in Iraq, the Battle for Fallujah was a turning point. maybe this is going to be the same thing for Afghanistan...The offensive, when it begins in earnest, will largely be conducted on foot. That's because the terrain surrounding Marja is latticed with canals built by the U.S. a generation ago to expand agriculture to 250,000 acres in the Helmand River valley. It also gave the region the nickname "Little America." The canals and ditches created a network of bridges unable to support armored vehicles and gives the Taliban good places to hide IEDs - the top killer of U.S. troops in Afghanistan - and snipers. They also turned the region into lush farmland that has proven ideal for growing opium-producing poppies.