Support the news

Marjah and the Afghanistan Surge24:14
Download

Play
This article is more than 9 years old.
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Burton Shields, commander of the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry of Task Force Stryker, sits during a meeting, or shura, with village leaders in the Badula Qulp area, West of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP)
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Burton Shields, commander of the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry of Task Force Stryker, sits during a meeting, or shura, with village leaders in the Badula Qulp area, West of Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. (AP)

Joining us from Kabul, Afghanistan, is Rod Nordland, foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He's reported on civilian casualities in the Marjah offensive and on the UN's refusal to participate in the military's reconstruction efforts there.

From Monterey, Calif., we're joined by Kalev Sepp, professor of defense analysis at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and retired Army lieutenant colonel and special forces officer.  From 2007 to January 2009, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Capabilities, helping to oversee global counterterrorism policy.

From Washington we're joined by Peter Bergen, senior fellow at the New America Foundation, where he co-directs the Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative.  He's editor of Foreign Policy magazine's Af-Pak Channel blog and author of "The Osama Bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda’s Leader."

This program aired on February 17, 2010.

+Join the discussion
TwitterfacebookEmail

Support the news