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Khalil Nouri

AFGHANISTAN
A PANDORA'S BOX FOR MARJAH & NAD-ALI

"We've got a government in a box, ready to roll in." said triumphantly General Stanley McChrystal as the NATO operation spearheaded by British troops towards Marjah and Nad-Ali districts in Helmand Province last weekend.

It is measured to be the mother of all the tests, using millions of aid dollars to roll out a ready-made administration that intended to allow the Afghan government to quickly reassert its authority in an area where its representatives didn't dare set foot earlier in the week. But unfortunately a "Pandora's box" has just been opened with 12 civilian deaths and more foreseen due to Taliban using civilians as human shields.

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