February 25th, 2010
05:09 PM ET

Around the Web: McChyrstal in Afghanistan

U.S. Gen. Stanley McChyrstal, in an interview with USA Today, says that the recent arrests and killings of Taliban leaders are taking a toll on the organization.

“You see a weakening of the organization's confidence,” McChrystal told USA Today.

“McChrystal, however, cautioned that it was too early to suggest the recent successes in targeting militant leaders is ‘decisive’ because it hasn't led to a reduction in violence or fighters in Afghanistan,” writes Jim Michaels of USA Today.

"We don't see [the Taliban] collapsing," McChrystal told the paper.

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February 25th, 2010
12:11 PM ET

Afghan flag raised over war-torn Taliban stronghold

Authorities raised the Afghan flag over the battle-scarred enclave of Marjah on Thursday, a ceremony symbolizing the presence of the Afghan government in the Taliban stronghold. The red, black and green banner was hoisted over an area where U.S. and other troops have been fighting the Taliban in Operation Moshtarak - the biggest offensive of the war. Full Story

February 25th, 2010
09:27 AM ET

Inside the Marjah operation

Part of the U.S. Marines' mission in Marjah, Afghanistan, is to gain the confidence of residents as well as clear the Taliban-held area of improvised explosive devices.  CNN International Correspondent Atia Abawi has this behind the scenes look.

February 25th, 2010
09:10 AM ET

Is Afghanistan today's South Vietnam?

After the fall of South Vietnam in 1975, U.S. Col. Harry Summers remarked to his North Vietnamese counterpart, "You know you never defeated us on the battlefield." After a moment, the North Vietnamese officer replied: "That may be so, but it is also irrelevant." Although that blunt exchange took place nearly 35 years ago, it's still worthy of close consideration in light of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Full Story