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US Marines test new counterinsurgency strategy

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US Marines test new counterinsurgency strategy

Excellent eyewitness piece by Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Washington Post on the US Marines launching the first test of the Americans' new counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan.

"We're not going to measure your success by the number of times your ammunition is resupplied. . . . Our success in this environment will be very much predicated on restraint," he told a group of officers from the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines on Sunday. "You're going to drink lots of tea. You're going to eat lots of goat. Get to know the people. That's the reason why we're here."