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U.S. Plans to Shift Forces to Populated Areas of Afghanistan

September 27, 2018
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Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top military officer in Afghanistan, tells commanders to pull forces out of sparsely populated areas where U.S. troops have fought bloody battles with the Taliban for several years and focus on protecting major Afghan population centers. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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KABUL, Oct. 4 — Firing rockets and rifles, Taliban militiamen attacked American and Afghan military outposts in a daylong siege on Saturday that killed eight U.S. soldiers and two Afghan security forces in one of the deadliest battles in months, according to U.S. and Afghan officials. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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Within days of the attack on the U.S. outpost in Wanat last year that killed nine soldiers, American troops withdrew from the Afghan village and the surrounding Waygal Valley. Fourteen months later, they have still not returned. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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