For NATO, it is so far so good, as troops press ahead with a massive assault on the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.
US and British soldiers are spearheading the offensive.
While little resistance was met in the Taliban stronghold of Marjah, at least two NATO deaths have been confirmed in the operation. One of those killed is from the UK.
“I want to pass on my condolences to the famiy and friends of one of our soldiers – very brave, very courageous – lost in this assault, making the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. “This has been an effort that has involved hundreds of our troops, taking very brave and courageous action.”
Afghan forces are engaged alongside NATO units
in what is a key test of President Obama’s troop surge policy. In phase one of Operation Moshtarak,
at least 20 militants have reportedly been killed.