War effort requires farmers, engineers, lawyers to share expertise.
As part of the counterinsurgency mission, US Army units will return to the same regions in order to build on experience and develop stronger relationships on the ground.
The attack, which killed at least 90 people near two Taliban-hijacked trucks, is a setback for NATO's push to limit civilian deaths.
The Defense secretary responded Thursday to mounting doubts about the war by saying that the US must stay in order to defeat Al Qaeda, which remains a threat.
The assassination of a high-ranking official underscores the strength of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Drumbeat of opposition grows louder as antiwar movement looks to ramp up in the fall – and as some in Congress start talking of planning for the US exit.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal submitted his recommendations Monday for a revised strategy to turn around the conflict.
The top commander in Afghanistan reportedly likens the US military to a bull charging at a matador and getting weaker with each cut.
It will increase its number of bomb disposal teams by half. It is also upping its order of bomb-resistant troop carriers, called M-ATVs.