U.S. forces opened a major offensive in southern Afghanistan early Saturday, sending thousands of U.S. Marines and Afghan and British soldiers against a Taliban stronghold in Helmand province.http://www.miamiherald.com/news/world/story/1477661.html
. . . The operation will be a critical test of the Obama administration's new strategy, which is based on a "surge" of military and civilian personnel deployed to take and hold population centers, while driving the insurgents to the countryside.
Of course, traditional insurgent guerrilla strategy is to abandon population centers and take and hold the surrounding countryside, until the cities are isolated and cutoff and eventually fall into the insurgents' hands.
Expect both sides to declare victory, to be followed by another 8 years of war in Afghanistan.