Faced with a growing Taliban presence and a corrupt and incompetent local police force, NATO commanders are expected to seek additional troops to re-establish control of Kandahar, the Afghan city many believe is essential to a successful counterinsurgency. "Kandahar means Afghanistan," Governor Tooryalai Wesa said. "The history of Afghanistan, the politics of Afghanistan, was always determined from Kandahar, and once again, it will be determined from Kandahar."

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