- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior defense official says the U.S. is changing how its forces are arrayed in Afghanistan. It’s part of a new strategy in the flagging war.

The official says new garrisons in far-flung Afghan communities are intended to help the U.S. hold ground against a resurgent Taliban-led insurgency.

Under today’s hub-and-spoke system, U.S. forces leave protected bases to conduct anti-insurgent operations. When they leave, insurgents come back.

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