ISW Communication Director Megan Ortagus writes an editorial in the Philadelphia Inquirer about USMC Operation Dagger.
Sec. Gates and Adm. Mullen discuss the replacement of General David McKiernan with Lt. General Stanley McChrystal
Afghanistan Political Map
Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has played an increasingly important role in virtually all aspects of Afghan society. From 2005 to 2007, opium cultivation nearly doubled, from 104,000 hectares (ha) to 193,000 hectares.1 Production peaked in 2007, resulting in an estimated 8,200 tons of opium, an increase of 34 percent over the previous year.2 There is a symbiotic relationship between the drug trade and the insurgency.
The Development of ISAF