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Story Publication logo August 30, 2009

Good Intentions, Thwarted


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Since 2007, an experimental Pentagon program has been sending teams of civilian anthropologists and...


Photos and audio reporting by Vanessa Gezari

Additional photos courtesy of U.S. Army Task Force 2-2

Editing by Megan Rossman of The Washington Post

U.S. soldiers are working with civilian anthropologists in the Human Terrain project to find new ways to win the trust of villagers in Afghanistan. But one Army unit's efforts to refurbish a mosque in a strategically important village are frustrated by Taliban interference.


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