Friday, February 23, 2007

Where US is helping to make gains against terrorism

An excellent article showing how hearts-and-minds operations are globalizing. Christian Science Monitor reports on US efforts with Philippine armed forces to win over the civilian population:

'Gaining the trust of residents in Panamao, a stricken village on the edge of a combat zone, is why US and Philippine troops are dug in here. In counterterrorism jargon, this Muslim community is a "center of gravity" that can be swayed with targeted projects – a new well, a school classroom, or a toilet. "It's not the amount of people that you affect. It's who you affect," says Captain Battle, a civil-affairs officer.'