Obama's War: Mission in Afghanistan

The Afghan district of Nawa, where the number of U.S. troops has gone from about 100 to 1,100, offers a ground-level perspective into the debate over U.S. force levels and counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.
President George W. Bush once boasted, "I'm not a textbook player, I'm a gut player." The new tenant of the Oval Office takes a strikingly different approach. President Obama is almost defiantly deliberative, methodical and measured, even when critics accuse him of dithering. When describing his...
War speech to outline escalation and exit: Obama set to address nation next week on his Afghanistan plan (Post, November 25, 2009)
In Helmand, a model for success?: Influx of Marines and focus on security bring peace to a southern Afghan town -- at least for now (Post, October 22, 2009)
Obama's War | Sticker Shock: Civilian, Military Officials at Odds Over Resources Needed for Afghan Mission (Post, October 8, 2009)
In Kandahar, a Taliban on the Rise: U.S., NATO Struggle to Check Insurgents in Key Afghan Area (Post, September 14, 2009)
Pentagon Worries Led to Command Change: McKiernan's Ouster Reflected New Realities in Afghanistan -- and Washington (Post, August 17, 2009)
A Fight for Ordinary Peace: U.S. Marines deployed across an Afghan river valley are waging war on insurgents not by targeting their bases but, rather, by protecting communities. (Post, July 12, 2009)
Afghan-Pakistani Hostility Impedes U.S. Troops (Post, July 5, 2009)
Marines Meet Little Resistance in Afghan Push (Post, July 3, 2009)
A Personal Touch in Taliban Fight: In the Afghan Mountains, a Company Commander Strives to Gain the Trust of Frustrated Villagers (Post, June 22, 2009)
Obama's War : Starting Over on Development: U.S. Pursues a New Way To Rebuild in Afghanistan (Post, June 19, 2009)
Administration Is Keeping Ally at Arm's Length: Skepticism of Afghan Leader Shapes Policy (Post, May 6, 2009)
Photos: Operation Khanjar (www.washingtonpost.com, July 11, 2009; 6:49 PM)
Photos: Fighting Insurgents in Helmand Province (www.washingtonpost.com, July 6, 2009; 3:32 PM)
Photos: Helmand's Hope (www.washingtonpost.com, July 11, 2009; 6:14 PM)

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