On the morning of July 2, 2012, in the most dangerous warzone in the world, Lieutenant Clint Lorance took command of his small band of American paratroopers at the spearhead of the American War in Afghanistan. Intelligence reports that morning warned of a Taliban ambush against Lorance's platoon. Fifteen minutes into their patrol, three military-age Afghan males crowded on a motorcycle and sped aggressively down a Taliban-controlled dirt road toward Lorance's men. Three weeks earlier, outside the massive American Kandahar Airfield, Taliban terrorists struck by motorcycle, riding into a crowded area, detonating body-bombs and killing twenty-two people. Sixty-three days before ...
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Ashraf Ghani left a comfortable life as an anthropology professor at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to help rebuild his war-torn homeland of Afghanistan after U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban government. Now, he is a step away from becoming its president, expected to compete in a runoff election against the front-runner, Abdullah Abdullah.
Instead of moving civilians out of harm's way prior to a battle, the Taliban prefer they remain close to the fighting. In many cases, U.S. and coalition forces may not realize civilians are even present until it is too late.
With the deadline for reaching a bilateral security agreement with the Afghan government weeks away and Karzai refusing to relax his recalcitrant stance, the United States must find another way of getting approval to ensure a continued foreign troop presence after most forces pull out in 2014.