Email from a friend who is serving the evangelical church in Afghanistan: “On July 2nd 4,000 Marines launched the largest land assault since the Vietnam War in southern Afghanistan. Now is the time for the Church to launch a massive prayer initiative for the people and nation of Afghanistan. The Bible teaches ‘our weapons are not the weapons of the world, on the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.’ Please join with us as we cry out in prayer for peace in Afghanistan.”
“Around 4,000 Marines are involved in the massive operation launched Thursday in southern stronghold,” , a reports Agence France Presse. “Operation Khanjar (‘Strike of the Sword’) is part of the new White House strategy for Afghanistan, which is intended to curb an insurgency that has grown stronger and more lethal over the last few years. Commanders on the ground say the operation’s immediate objective is to improve security in Afghanistan’s most volatile region and ensure that presidential elections scheduled for August proceed smoothly. In the longer term, the military wants to secure sufficient stability to allow economic and political development, regain the trust of the local population and transfer responsibility for the country’s security to local forces.”
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