Afghan Army Crumbles as Desertions Deplete Ranks

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Despite the best efforts of Washington and the Pentagon, the situation in Afghanistan is not going as planned. The Afghan Army is slowly crumbling as desertions mount, and the Taliban continues to make new gains in the country. Among many problems faced by these soldiers is the lack of food, proper medical care, and not receiving pay for months at a time. As one former soldier who deserted put it, “I joined the army so that I could support my family and serve my country, but this is a suicide mission.”

Statistics from 2015 indicate that the Afghan Army is hemorrhaging personnel. About a third of the 170,000 man army has been replaced over the past year due to desertions, casualties, and poor re-enlistment rates. The size of this army has shrunk by roughly 14,000 troops since 2013, even as the US military was pulling out of the country. According to one analyst, “These high turnover issues increase the possibility that when U.S.-led forces leave Afghanistan for good, whenever that is, they will be leaving Afghan forces unable to fend off a still-ferocious insurgency.”

If our military, in conjunction with the corrupt Afghan government, has failed to build a competent army after so many years and so many wasted dollars, there shouldn’t be any doubt about the future of Afghanistan. It’s only a matter of time before the Taliban recaptures the country. They just have to wait for that last contingent of 9,800 US soldiers to go back home, who are only there to keep the country from falling apart while Obama is still in office.

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  • august

    best efforts of Washington and the Pentagon
    The only efforts they have is to kill Americans and support Terrorist

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      That’s assuming that the Americans that defend the CIA’s opium poppy crop and order the murder of patriots like Pat Tillman can legitimately be considered anything but traitors.

      • august

        Yea that.
        still they support.

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          American intelligence agencies provide more support to terrorism than the rest of the world combined.

          • august

            No shit

  • Meltonmark

    I mean no disrespect to the American public, but why exactly is the American military in countries such as Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Ukraine, etc.? Seems to me the American military has little to do with ‘defence’ and an awful lot to do with imperialism.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      They have to use up the production of the military-industrial complex so that they can make some more. That is the primary reason why our troops are not allowed to take anything out with them.

    • JG687

      When I ask that question the neocons call me an isolationist. Billions of people wish that Americans were isolationists.

  • curenado

    They are a horrible people. They should pretend the enemy is women or little boys. They always find the courage to tear them up.

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      It doesn’t take much courage to attack those who can’t or won’t fight back. That is why vice is the most popular department to work in a police department.

  • SP_88

    Maybe if the Afghan army become terrorists then suddenly Obama will throw money and weapons to them and they will have the support they need. It seems to work for ISIS.

  • http://www.RestlessBoomers.com/ Restless Boomers

    Afghan Army is an oxymoron. This is just one more CIA failed institution. CIA is world’s largest drug operation and corrupter of human life.