Monday, July 27, 2009

Local Villagers Express Concerns

We heard reports of a local village being harrassed at night by Anti-Afghan Forces so we sent a joint patrol consisting of the Afghan National Army (ANA), the USMC, and ourselves to listen to their concerns. The villagers were very hospitable and expressed that they were looking forward to voting at the elections on August 20th. We exchanged some information and at the end the ANA distributed some humanitarian aid to the locals through the elders. Recently, several villagers in our area have fought back against the Taliban and kicked them out of their villages. We hope this is a sign that the locals are begining to see that the Taliban offers them no hope for their future.