American Boys in Afghanistan Losing their Balls in Exchange for Afghans’ Hearts.

“The number of troops wounded by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) has gone from an average of 22 a month in 2008 to 281 a month in 2010”

“The counterinsurgency strategy overseen by Gen. David Petraeus emphasizes the increased use of foot patrols to root out insurgents and avoid civilian casualties.”

“Although soldiers and Marines wear armored vests, they generally have no such protection below the waist against explosives that detonate when stepped on.”

But it is not quite sure that they are earning Afghans’ hearts.

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