personally i am in marjah right now and 1,000 of civilians were told to leave before this started and many did
I say that we gave the residents of Marjah plenty enough time to evacuate and those who have not left are mostly Taliban sympathizers giving refuge to the Taliban. Let NATO go in full force and do not worry about collateral damage until they hold up a white flag and surrender! Only if the residents are held captive by the Taliban should we be cautious.
Although I believe this is a step in the right direction, I still believe the troops are limited with their stretegic options. In other words, their hands are tied by entirely too much political pressure. By political pressure I mean the extraneous political efforts they [U.S. and coalition forces] must go through to secure the city such as having to "announce" in advance the strategy in order to purportedly protect the civilians. However, I think this decision was poorly made and has enabled the enemy to prepare both stretegically and logistically for the offensive.
I think the Taliban used that information to better position the civilians as a shield, and not to evacuate them from the area for safety.
The step in the right direction is that an offensive is being considered instead of a typical defensive posture.
Thanks and good luck to our brave men and women,
Effective display of strategy.Advance,NATO guys.
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