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Change in Helmand province

April 18, 2013

Senior British military officers described the progress being made in southern Afghanistan at a media briefing in London on Tuesday.

Afghan soldiers prepare to deploy on Operation Tuffan

Afghan soldiers prepare to deploy on Operation Tuffan in Nad ‘Ali [Picture: Corporal Jamie Peters, Crown copyright]

Change is blowing through Helmand. It is not just the change that can be seen in the number of schools now open in the province, nor in the economic improvements being enjoyed by its urban population. It is not even just the increasing freedom of movement that Afghan citizens have as their own security forces incrementally take responsibility for their countrymen’s safety.

It is, however, an important change in that it speaks of the progress being made there; perhaps even more eloquently than the statistics about the numbers of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) patrol bases being closed or handed over to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), or the fact that 40% of Afghans now have mobile phones or that, thanks to a fibre-optic link, there are 4 million subscribers to the internet.

Continues at: GOV.UK – Change in Helmand province

3 Comments leave one →
  1. jack permalink
    April 18, 2013 15:49

    such a positive article. bbc should have this on their web site for all to read. stay safe, soldiers.

  2. April 18, 2013 17:05

    it is a progress that are preparing to explode on all his manifestations, it is a progress that is passing by a status on sleep to a status of growth step by step and, a day, will manifest on democratic, economic, civil aspects. But, buddies, have not we due combat for decades to arrive just now? the same more time is required for Afghanistan progress became evident. claudio alpaca

  3. AliBubba permalink
    August 19, 2013 06:19

    A delightful eventuation. We can all bugger off home knowing that Afghanistan now has a leg up on real modernity and progress.

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