Operation Moshtarak proves successful during first anniversary assessments
February 21, 2011
Helmand Province’s progression from a Taliban-controlled area to a civil functioning society was highlighted this week in multiple press conferences and ribbon cuttings.
February is the anniversary of Operation Moshtarak, the Afghan-led initiative to assert government authority in the center of Helmand province. In one year, much progress has been made.
“A year ago [Marjah] was the Taliban capital of Helmand province, a completely controlled Taliban area,” Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills, commanding general of Regional Command Southwest, during a press conference in Helmand Feb. 14. “That has changed 180 degrees in the past year, and it’s now a small farm town that is vibrant with five bazaars with a great number of customers and business on every day of the week. It’s a great success story by the government of Afghanistan and what they have done to stand up a secure environment.”
Schools have reopened in Marjah, with several hundred children attending class...
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