4,000 Additional Troops to be Deployed to Afghanistan

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In an attempt to turn around the war the Secretary of Defense says America is losing, the Pentagon will deploy 4,000 soldiers to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said Thursday.

While the deployment isn’t yet official, Secretary of Defense James Mattis—who received new, unilateral authorities over troop deployments to the war-torn country on Tuesday—is expected to make an official announcement as early as next week.

A spokesman for the Afghan defense ministry, Daulat Waziri, was hesitant to comment on any specifics of the deployment, but said the Afghan government supports the decision.

“The United States knows we are in the fight against terrorism,” Waziri said. “We want to finish this war in Afghanistan with the help of the NATO alliance.”

The majority of the newly-deployed troops will play a train and advise role for Afghan forces, who have been facing setbacks in the fight against the Taliban and other militant organizations in Afghanistan.

According to data released by the U.S Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the Afghan government controls less than 60 percent of the country’s 407 districts as of Feb. 20, nearly 11 percent less than it did last year around the same time.

By early 2016, the Taliban had taken nearly 65 percent of the Helmand Province, the largest province in the country, and just a few months later had temporarily pushed its way into Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand.

These Taliban gains only underscore the dismal situation in the country. In 2010, America had around 100,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan, which was still not enough to produce a victory over the Taliban insurgency. It is not clear what 4,000 additional soldiers could possibly accomplish, regardless of their role.

After a large withdrawal late last year, about 8,500 American soldiers remain in Afghanistan today, along with some 29,000 private contractors. Moreover, while the organization’s combat mission ended in 2014, several thousand NATO troops are stationed in the country as well.

NATO, for its part, recently mulled over its own troop increase for Afghanistan, but the idea was met with some resistance.

“They are thinking of sending soldiers […]. [The soldiers] will not do anything,” a retired four-star general in the Afghan National Army, Sher Mohammad Karimi, told Al Jazeera.

“If they are advisers, then it’s ok,” Karimi added.

Instead of additional soldiers, Afghan defense ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanish said local Afghan forces need better equipment and training.

“What we need now is bombing planes and also modern engineering technology,” Radmanish said.

The U.S. Army, in a decision separate from the upcoming deployment, will also send around 1,500 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division to Afghanistan this summer, who will also carry out advise and assist missions.

The planned escalation of America’s longest-running war is perfectly consistent with other ramped-up military activities of the Trump administration in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere, but a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report spells out how years of military interventionism and imperialism abroad has begun to interfere with the U.S. military’s readiness to do its actual job: defend the country.

The deployment, whenever it will be confirmed, marks yet another episode in the president’s ongoing betrayal of everything his presidency was supposed to stand for. Trump vowed to drain the swamp, halt wasteful overseas adventures and reorient American policy in a direction that benefits American citizens.

Don’t hold your breath, it might be fatal.

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  • John C Carleton

    Allow me to simplify this headline, and make it more truthful.

    Having got their ass kicked for years, the pentagon, represented by Mad Dod 20/20, is going to send 4, 000 more poor American kids to murder Afghans, protect the poppy fields for Mosaad/CIA, and come home with Fked up minds, bodies, to be s#it on by Washington DC and the VA.
    Now, isn’t htat at least more truthful?

    • Kapricorn4

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      Might be more appropriate for a British paper. Those guys use the longest headlines ever!

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      • They pay their slug editors better than their writers.

    • Truth was never the goal.

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    • Elaine.Benes, II

      GD-it, thank you for so eloquently stating what I was thinking before I finished the article. Thank you for breaking it down for anyone who still does not get it. Thank you for speaking truth in a world blinded by lies and fakery.

  • RandyJ/ProudSurvivor

    The Deep State globalist oligarchy is a highly exclusive country club. You probably have to receive an invitation from a member and then you have to prove your worth as a member. Some people are “lucky” enough to be born in. Think Rockefellers, Firestones, Bush’s etc. Others must ascend in some way, such as becoming a highly ranked Senator, Congressman or President. Along the way you must be able to show your utter disregard for human life in some way. For politicians, this is easy and from the history of the last hundred years, the US government has put up a hell of a lot of pledges. The payoff must be great indeed for so many to completely shed themselves of whatever humanity and decency they once had. Once gone however, it is forever lost in a chasm of irreconcilable sins to be judged by someone or some thing much greater than man. Unlike the rewards granted by a master, the soul is irreplaceable.

  • Cynical Old Bastard

    Hell yeah! Let’s jump start this puppy and get on with it!

    Ain’t no PTSD in this old rebel redneck roofer. I fuckin’ loved combat. I thought it was fun. But then… I have what is apparently an odd sense of fun compared to normals.

    That’s why they call me…

    • Elaine.Benes, II

      Awesome band, re-make of the original awesome song by awesome band, and great video. First time seeing video. Thanks for the intro, you Cynical Old Bastard…

      • Cynical Old Bastard

        You are very welcome. They are awesome. I went dirt-roadin’ with a Buddy the other day (more of an adopted nephew really). He’s straight back from Afghaniville. To everyone else he has changed. Not to me. We drank beers, shot signs, pissed off of country bridges, cried together, and rocked out to these guys–and others.

        He’s not PTSD’ed out. It’s just that nobody else around here understands. They try to baby him and shit. Fuck that.

        Inside the soul of every warrior there is a poem and in the heart of every combat veteran lives a song. We are not evil and our hearts are not made of stone. We have feelings just like ordinary folks… but they run deep and we are complex individuals to get to know.

        It’s sometimes worth the effort though.

        Have you heard this one? Fair warning… be prepared to cry.

        • Elaine.Benes, II

          Yes, love it. And it is tear-worthy. Most of them are sponge-worthy as well! LOL. Thanks for taking care of your adopted nephew the way he needs to be cared for. I know it means a lot to him…L/Ya u ol cynical Bastard!

  • f16hoser

    The “SPICE” (Heroin) must flow.

    • Cynical Old Bastard

      Heh-heh… straight to Mena Ar and thence to the Clinton family foundation.

      • Elaine.Benes, II

        No fucking doubt…

    • It isn’t made until the poppies get to Columbia.

    • Roy Hobs

      Opium Wars Redux

      • Elaine.Benes, II

        Very fucking interesting. Thank you.

  • Roy Hobs

    All because of or for the second biggest Hoax in history. Unbelievable. How are we so stupid?!!!

    Every person interested in joining the military should watch — “This is an Orange” on YouTube.

    Side Note — Rolling on the floor laughing: the other day my local news covered the burning building in London. The reporter wondered if the building was about to collapse like wtc-7. 🙂

    • Would the BBC announce it had collapsed 22 minutes before it did, like they did WTC-7?

      • Roy Hobs

        🙂 Exactly.

  • those9leveners

    Is there an new threat looming?

    Can a light weight, plastic toy drone operated by a bearded guy in a cave cause a steel frame skyscraper to collapse at free fall speed in under 8 seconds or something?

  • It is not Paranoia

    Stupid people still going into stupid wars. Why?

  • SP_88

    If this really was a war, our military would go in hot and fuck shit up until the job is done. But it isn’t. This is more like a business venture than a war.
    They send our people in to fight against a terrorist organization that they funded in the first place, and they make it impossible to ever set a clear goal so we can finish this thing. It’s as if they don’t want to ever finish it. Someone is making a lot of money off this. And they don’t care how many lives are lost to maintain this operation.
    When are we the people going to get sick and tired of this war enough to make them end it once and for all?