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Storied Army unit, 'the Big Red One,' taking over in Afghanistan's eastern provinces
FORT RILEY, Kan. (AP) ' As the Afghanistan war's endgame approaches, the U.S. Army's storied 1st Infantry Division ' the Big Red One ' is preparing to take command in the eastern provinces.
The U.S. strategy is calling for a renewed push this year against a complex and resilient insurgency.
The 1st Infantry will take over in April for the 1st Cavalry Division in a mostly mountainous sector that spans 14 provinces and includes 450 miles of the Pakistan border. Insurgent attacks in that region increased last year even as they declined substantially in the south.
The commanding general of the 1st Infantry, Maj. Gen. William Mayville, tells The Associated Press that the key to success in Afghanistan is connecting a competent Afghan army and police force to a viable Afghan government.