Afghanistan War Strategy During the Surge

In 2009 and 2010, the United States increased its troop levels in Afghanistan by 54,000 soldiers. A majority of the first wave of reinforcements was sent to Helmand province instead of neighboring Kandahar, which was deemed to be more important strategically by the then-top U.S. commander, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal. Read related article.

The United States placed more emphasis on securing Helmand province than its more populous neighbor, Kandahar.
Afghanistan Information Management Services, Landscan, Institute for the Study of War. Gene Thorp. Published on June 22, 2012, 8:55 p.m.
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