The Four Corners show this week Forward Base Afghanistan described the work of Australian combat troops and military reconstruction teams. The latter are doing a 'backyard blitz' series of projects - slow projects doon't make an impact - and training schemes that are appreciated by the locals and the Afghan Government.
The Australian army officers are well-trained (cautiously friendly rather than trigger happy) and well equipped. There are only 1000 of them - but they are doing a good job. The program transcripts are here.
Afghanistan a most beautiful rugged country. The people largely uneducated, cautious and war-weary.