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1 In former Afghan ‘ghost town,’ Gates gauges US war effort
by Dan De Luce, AFP
45 mins ago
|NOW ZAD, Afghanistan (AFP) – US Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday said a new strategy in the Afghan war showed promise after he visited a former ghost town where American forces recently cleared out Taliban militants.
As US Marines stood guard on roof tops and a small number of bemused Afghan men and boys looked on, Gates took a brief stroll along the dusty main street of Now Zad in southern Afghanistan, where a handful of humble shops have reopened since the Taliban retreated in December.
The mud-brick town remains mostly deserted and a long way from the bustling centre that once was home to about 30,000, but US officials hope life will gradually return as part of a NATO-led bid to push back the Taliban from its southern strongholds.
A guerilla does not stand and fight, they swim like a fish in the ocean.
Good luck with that.