He said that yesterday would be remembered as the start of “a new phase of the campaign to win the support of the people of Afghanistan”.
Afghan troops and police have been ordered to hold the ground taken during the offensive.
Most Taliban appeared to have scattered before the onslaught, which was strongly signalled in advance.
However, military commanders expect them to regroup and attack in the weeks ahead to prevent the alliance from stabilising the area and expanding the control of the Afghan government under President Hamid Karzai."
Times on Line
It's all a matter of whether or not Karzai's government can build a civil society as good as that of the last Afghan king.
Coalition forces are doing all that can be asked of them. God be with you. pl