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Monday, February 15, 2010

Coalition forces making headway 'slowly but surely' in Afghanistan

The NATO operation aimed at arrest a Taliban bastion in southern Afghanistan is authoritative progress, but still has a continued way to go, according to a CNN anchorman anchored with U.S. Marines.We went aloof a brace hundred meters alfresco of the position that we're usually based in -- we were beneath battery ourselves," CNN's Atia Abawi appear Monday from Marjah.The attrition in the burghal is beneath than what was expected, and the aggressive has fabricated advance "slowly but surely," Abawi said.Troops recovered $8.7 actor account of raw opium, Abawi reported. Clearing out poppy fields is a key allotment of Operation Moshtarak, the better abhorrent back the Afghan war started in 2001. The Taliban affairs its activities in allotment through the actionable opium trade.The operation in Helmand arena focuses on Marjah and surrounding areas. Marjah, accepted as the country's heroin capital, is area the Taliban set up a adumbration government.One of the better challenges adverse the NATO mission is advancing the Taliban while attached noncombatant casualties.