Friday, June 16, 2017

The Endless War

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is reportedly set to announce an increase of about 4,000 US troops in Afghanistan. Most of the US boots on the ground will train or advise Afghan forces, but some will battle both a resurgent Taliban and Islamic State.


Currently in Afghanistan there are an estimated 9,800 US troops, about 2,000 of whom directly combating the Taliban and IS. However, not included in official Pentagon counts are at least 2,000 more troops considered temporary, even though they can be kept in Afghanistan for months.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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