“Boots on the grounds” Mr Mahringer!
In the eight years since the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan has rarely been out of the news. More than 1,000 coalition military fatalities have been reported, and many times that number of Afghan civilians. The country is in the process of rebuilding, and yet the fighting continues. Mike Ryan looks at the state of this war-ravaged nation as Barack Obama pledges to escalate the U.S. military presence. He considers the current role of coalition troops, the progress being made, and reassesses the status of the war. The author has unrivaled access not only to commanding officers, but also to the “boots on the ground.”