Marines Team Up With Afghan ‘Neighborhood Watch’
Maybe they don’t need us they way they used to …
Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, is in Washington this week. He’s already met with President Obama, and the White House is debating how many troops to withdraw from Afghanistan.
One factor in that decision: whether Afghans can take over the fight.
An area of Afghanistan that was the scene of major combat a year ago is now a test case for whether peace can hold in the country. North of the district of Marjah, in Helmand province, Marines are working with locals who know the area and know the enemy.
“It’s basically like a neighborhood watch with guns,” explains Marine Sgt. Jon Moulder.