"There is light at the end of the tunnel"
- We could not "pacify" South Vietnam with 500,000 American and 1,000,000 South Vietnamese troops.
- But the liar political hacks tell us that with a few bombs and a few thousand troops we can win in Afghanistan.
(Washington Post) - The U.S. air war in Afghanistan has returned to a level of intensity not seen since American forces were still fanned out across the country and fighting Taliban militants in daily skirmishes in 2012, according to recently released military data.
As of June 30, U.S. and coalition aircraft had dropped or expended 1,634 munitions in Afghanistan so far this year, according to U.S. Air Force numbers. By comparison, in 2015 and 2016, that figure was 298 and 545 respectively.
The majority of this year’s strikes have been used to go after the Taliban, said Navy Capt. Bill Salvin, a spokesman for the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan. A portion of the air support, however, has also been directed at terrorist groups such as the Islamic State.
The surge in U.S.-led air attacks comes as the Pentagon weighs whether to send thousands more troops into Afghanistan in a bid to reverse three years of steady gains by the Taliban. While Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis pledged to deliver a strategy to Congress this month, some lawmakers see any increase in support to what has become America’s longest running war as futile.
Salvin attributed the increase in airstrikes to gains made by Afghan Security Forces. “As they’re more successful, more strikes are needed,” Salvin said.
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|January 2017 Map|
After all these years Afghanistan is still out of control.