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Could the media save Afghanistan?

Mobile phone ownership is widespread and radio stations have flourished, but the Americans still keep a tight grip on the media. It's time to consider a more open approach

By Gordon Adam   July 2010

President Obama’s new man in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, is widely credited with turning around the disastrous American campaign in Iraq. But the task he now faces may prove more difficult. His recently departed predecessor, General Stanley McChrystal, was widely praised for pulling together Nato’s first coherent counter-insurgency strategy and implementing it despite the doubts of many of his own forces. He won their trust—as well as that of President Hamed Karzai despite the increasingly frosty relations between the Afghan and US governments. Yet despite McChrystal’s best efforts and the “surge” of additional US forces, the military strategy is still…

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