Thousands of U-S Marines launch an offensive against Taliban insurgents in Southwestern Afghanistan. An update on the operation and objectives of the mission.


  • John Nagl President of Center for New American Security, retired army officer, author of author of "Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam," and on the team that produced the "U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual."
  • Nancy Youssef Pentagon correspondent, McClatchy newspapers.
  • Seth Jones RAND political scientist, Georgetown University professor, and author of "The Rise of European Security Cooperation."
  • Greg Jaffe Pentagon correspondent for "The Washington Post" and author of "The Fourth Star."

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