"This is Karzai's only second visit to Kandahar in the last couple of years. This process of reaching out to Kandahar can only be led by the president. It can't be led by us. It's important for him to address the senior leadership — tribal and religious — and show his support for the effort. Karzai can't get it back into the fold without the (the local leaders). We anticipate that he will reassure them that there's no military offensive planned."
- Tony White, spokesman for the chief NATO civilian official
The AP reports, “Karzai, who was born in the outskirts of Kandahar, is to have two meetings — one with about 50 tribal and provincial leaders and another with several hundred area residents. Many of them are skeptical of the campaign, which has already begun in the area.”