Civilian Surge, February 2010
President Obama’s administration has announced that a “civilian surge”, is to accompany a fresh build-up of US troops throughout Afghanistan. In the Arghandab Valley, north of Kandahar, 2- 508 battalion of the 82nd Airborne Division has secured it’s headquarters next to the Governor of Arghandab’s Office. Working alongside the governor two Americans have arrived in Arghandab to help out: 27-year-old Kevin Melton and 35-year-old Christopher Harich.
This unlikely trio aims to turn the tide of opinion in the district. They must do it before spring, when the valley will come into leaf and the Taliban fighters return from Pakistan in time for fighting season.