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.
Afghanistan Information Management Services, Landscan, Institute for the Study of War. Gene Thorp.