US General Wants 20,000 Additional Ground Troops Sent To Afghanistan

US General Wants 20,000 Additional Ground Troops Sent To Afghanistan:

With the Pentagon today backing away from media reports that they’d settled on a figure of 4,000 more troops, influential retired Gen. Jack Keane suggests that the US needed to send up to 20,000 more ground troops if they wanted to win the war. But is this war “winnable”?

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US Soldiers Wounded In Latest “Insider” Attack At Afghan Base

US Soldiers Wounded In Latest “Insider” Attack At Afghan Base:

Several US soldiers were wounded on Saturday after being shot by an Afghan soldier at a base in northern Afghanistan on Saturday, the third “insider” attack on US troops stationed in the country this year, and the second on one week.

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Pentagon To Send 4,000 Troops To Afghanistan In Trump’s Largest Deployment Yet

Pentagon To Send 4,000 Troops To Afghanistan In Trump’s Largest Deployment Yet:

Two days after Trump ceded unilateral authority on Afghan troop deployments to the Department of Defense, the Pentagon wasted on time and according to AP, the Pentagon will send 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan to support existing forces and in hopes of breaking a stalemate in a war that has now been passed on to a third U.S. President. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency.

According to AP, the decision by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as early as next week, and was prompted by “the rising threat posed by Islamic State extremists, evidenced in a rash of deadly attacks in the capital city of Kabul, has only fueled calls for a stronger U.S. presence, as have several recent American combat deaths.” Asked for comment, a Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said, “No decisions have been made.”

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Defense Secretary Mattis: “We Are Not Winning the War in Afghanistan”

Defense Secretary Mattis: “We Are Not Winning the War in Afghanistan”:

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan in Congressional testimony on Tuesday, vowing to offer a new strategy to lawmakers this summer that will call for the deployment thousands of additional troops to the country.

H/t reader squodgy:

“Can’t let the awful Taliban take control of Opium Poppy production again….prices would rocket!!!!!”

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Death Toll Rises In Taliban-Orchestrated Attack; 3 US Soldiers Died

Death Toll Rises In Taliban-Orchestrated Attack; 3 US Soldiers Died:

Three US soldiers have been killed after an Afghan army soldier opened fired on them in eastern Afghanistan in an attack that the Taliban are now taking credit for…

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“It Felt Like An Earthquake”: Huge Bomb Explosion Kills 80 Near Embassies, Military Bases In Afghan Capital

“It Felt Like An Earthquake”: Huge Bomb Explosion Kills 80 Near Embassies, Military Bases In Afghan Capital:

A huge bomb exploded near heavily guarded embassies and military bases in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 300 others, many as they headed to work on foot or in buses, the interior ministry and witnesses said, the WSJ reported. 

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Britain planning to deploy more troops to Afghanistan

Britain planning to deploy more troops to Afghanistan:

The United Kingdom is planning to send more troops to Afghanistan where insecurity is increasing despite the fact that the US and its allies have deployed thousands of forces there since 2001.  

“The UK is prepared to increase its contribution to troops in a non-combat role to demonstrate our continued support for the NATO mission in Afghanistan,” a government source said Thursday.

The United States currently has around 8,400 soldiers in Afghanistan with about another 5,000 troops from NATO allies. Britain currently has about 500 troops in Afghanistan.

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#CIA mouthpiece doesn’t bother to mention there wouldn’t be record level of dead kids in #Afghanistan if not for CIA & neocons.

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Trump Considers Afghanistan Army Surge

Trump Considers Afghanistan Army Surge:

After already escalating the fight in Afghanistan last month by dropping its GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB or “mother of all bombs”), the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal, and engaging in a 3-hour gunfight this past weekend that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Sheikh Abdul Hasib, Trump is apparently considering whether to once again expand U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.

According to the Washington Post, the new plan, which still needs the approval of the president, calls for expanding the U.S. military role as part of a broader effort to push an increasingly confident and resurgent Taliban back to the negotiating table, U.S. officials said.

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Bomb Attack Hits Secretive US Base In Afghanistan As Mattis Makes Surprise Visit To Kabul

Bomb Attack Hits Secretive US Base In Afghanistan As Mattis Makes Surprise Visit To Kabul:

Taliban insurgents attacked a U.S.-operated base in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost on Monday officials said, but gave few immediate details of an assault that coincided with a surprise visit to Kabul by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The attackers detonated a car bomb at an entrance to Camp Chapman, a secretive facility manned by U.S. forces and private military contractors.

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Hundreds Of U.S. Marines Headed To Afghanistan

Hundreds Of U.S. Marines Headed To Afghanistan:

With the US seeking to slow the mounting losses by the Afghan military in the southern Helmand Province, the Pentagon has announced a deployment of roughly 300 US Marines to the province, with the fighters expected to arrive by the end of the month.

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US Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb For The First Time On ISIS In Afghanistan

US Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb For The First Time On ISIS In Afghanistan:

At roughly 7pm local time on Thursday, the United States military used its GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed “the mother of all bombs,” for the first time in combat. The US Air Force used it in Afghanistan to target Islamic State tunnels and personnel. The 21,000-pound (9,525 kg) bomb was dropped in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan.

The Pentagon confirmed the use of the MOAB, and is currently assessing damage. General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, signed off on its use, CNN reported. Authority was also sought from General Joseph Votel, commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM). The Air Force “took every precaution to avoid civilian casualties,” CENTCOM added.

“What If?” Ron Paul Asks The Two Most Important Words (Video)

“What If?” Ron Paul Asks The Two Most Important Words:

Ron Paul’s thought-provoking speech on the House floor from February 2009 seems as appropriate now as it did then…

Ron Paul:

“Madam Speaker, I have a few questions for my colleagues.

What if our foreign policy of the past century is deeply flawed and has not served our national security interest?

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