|Convincing Afghan villagers you will not leave, abandoning them to a vengeful Taliban, is a bigger challenge for U.S. Marines advancing deep into southern Helmand province.
The eight-year-old war is at its most intense, with more than 400 NATO troops dead this year. U.S. commander Stanley McChrystal (says) he needs 40,000 troops to push back a resurgent Taliban and convince the population insurgents will not return.
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