But only 150 of the 80,000 potential voters there braved Taliban threats to vote last week, it was reported yesterday.
The astonishingly low turnout in the presidential election poses massive questions about the war against the Taliban and the wider British role in Afghanistan. Last night the grieving mother of one of the soldiers expressed anger and despair that each British death was worth only 15 Afghan votes.
The voting report is a further blow to Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth, who had specifically linked Panther's Claw to making the area safe.
On the day of the election, he said: 'Operation Panther's Claw was a tough fight, but it has brought nearly 80,000 Afghans out from under the tyranny of the Taliban and ensured that they can take part in this election.
GET RID OF THIS PRICK AINSWORTH NOW, THEN BRING THE TROOPS HOME!
WE'RE GETTING DRAGGED INTO THIS WAR DEEPER EACH DAY.