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President Obama's new plan to stabilize Afghanistan is going over well among ordinary Afghans. That's according to a University of Hartford professor, who is in the northern city of Herat, helping to rebuild his homeland. WNPR's Ray Hardman reports:

Dr. Mohammed Saleh Keshawarz grew up in Afghanistan, and has spent plenty of time in his native country since 2001, when he agreed to help the Karzai government improve and rebuild that country's infrastructure. The civil engineering professor says for the citizens of Herat, President Obama's new war strategy is welcome news:

"The plan has several positive aspects to it, especially the security part, which comes with the surge of the troops and that brings security to the population centers and also the accountability, the fact that there is not going to be any blank checks anymore.  So these are the positive facts."

But Keshawarz says Afghans are concerned about the President's goal of transferring power from American and NATO troops to Afghan security forces by July 2011. Professor Keshawarz says despite the Taliban's stronghold on certain parts of the country, the country's infrastructure has improved since 2001.

Keshawarz has been instrumental in bringing promising Afghan engineering students to the University of Hartford. Many of those students have since returned to help rebuild their country.

For WNPR, I'm Ray Hardman.