In the article “Assault on Taliban Stronghold Yields Early Progress” By John J. Kruzel what matters is NATO and Afghan forces have made early progress in an ongoing offensive on a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan, but have encountered some stiff resistance and may need another 25 to 30 days to secure the entire area. Despite dislocating the insurgency within 24 hours of landing in the region, fighting continues in Marja, which to date has claimed the lives of six allied troops, including four Americans. Some 15,000 NATO and Afghan forces are engaged in Operation Moshtarak, which in Pashto and Dari means Operation Together, including 8,000 to 10,000 ground troops. I think we should move all of the Allied forces into the area with the stronghold and see if we could scare them into surrendering instead of us having to fight them and if that doesn’t work to fight them with our full force. Marja, like other areas of Helmand, is a source of income for Taliban fighters, who cultivate poppy to yield opium and heroin for the lucrative drug market. The U.S. State Department calls Afghanistan the world’s largest producer of opium, and money.