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Located in Kabul, Afghanistan, CAPS is an independent, research centre that strives to conduct action-oriented research which will influence policy-makers. It works diligently towards building local capacity to produce conflict and threat assessments that will influence the safety and security of the people serving the governments, and international aid organizations.
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Nov 27, 2010
Operation Dragon Strike , Afghanistan

Naweed Barikzai
October 2010

Operation Dragon Strike is the most important battle of the Afg han war thus far. At least 8,000 U.S. soldiers are involved in this massive new offensive. The aim is to strike right at the heart of Taliban territory, in the province of Kandahar, Afghanistan. In the past few weeks, NATO and Afghan forces have shifted their focus from guarding aid workers and sipping tea with village elders to actively hunting down Taliban fighters in marijuana fields and pomegranate orchards laced with booby traps. Operation Dragon Strike has a positive objective which aims to cut the base of insurgency that has sprouted in Kandahar. The only negative side of this operation is that the numbers of civilian and international troop casualties are unclear especially since Operation Dragon Strike is a complex battle and will be difficult for people to provide an exact statistical number of casualties.(Full Artical,file type (Pdf) 130 KB )

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