Boomtown: Securing Kandahar city, the Taliban's former seat of government, is a key goal of the Obama administration's counterinsurgency strategy. But the greater test may be in the rural areas of the province, home to nearly two-thirds of Kandahar's population, where the Taliban is still the acting government, the only existing source of logistical support for ordinary people. The coalition forces are planning a steady buildup of forces to engage the Taliban and build up local government. But with the Taliban so enmeshed with the local population, the project is difficult and complex. Here, a perimeter wall is constructed on March 11, as part of an enlargement of Forward Operating Base Ramrod in Kandahar province.