Saturday, April 29, 2017

U.S. Marines Return To Afghanistan's Helmand Province

US Marines at Kandahar air base upon the end of combat operations in Helmand October 27, 2014. © Omar Sobhani / Reuters

CNN: US Marines return to volatile Afghan province

(CNN)The US Marines are back in Afghanistan's turbulent Helmand province for the first time since the NATO-led international coalition ended its combat operations three years ago.

At least 300 Marines have been deployed to the southwestern province, the site of many battles during the Afghan war. They will train, advise and assist Afghan soldiers and police.

"The Marines have landed," Task Force Southwest said on its Facebook page. They are replacing US Army advisers.

The rural swath has a strong Taliban presence and is a center of the opium trade in the country. The US military says it wants to help Afghan forces stymie the drug trade because Taliban militants use it to help fund their operations.

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WNU Editor: It looks like more U.S. soldiers are heading to Afghanistan .... The Pentagon is considering up to 5,000 additional troops for Afghanistan (Military Times)

More News On U.S. Marines Returning To Afghanistan's Helmand Province

US Marines are back in Afghanistan's Helmand province for the first time since 2014 -- AFP
US marines return to Taliban stronghold of Helmand -- Al Jazeera
US Marines return to Afghanistan’s Helmand province for first time since 2014 -- RT

1 comment:

Aizino Smith said...

No more coasting like in BamBam's administration.

5,000 more Marines does not solve the Pakistan Problem.

Without solving the Pakistan Problem you cannot solve the Afghanistan Problem.

We should do to Pakistan what they do to us. Talk a good talk, but shank them our supposed 'allies'.

India needs backing. Baluchistan needs independence. Perhaps we can create Pashtun land; 'Pokistan' would have to give up the tribal lands to create it.

We could divide up Afghanistan and give it away to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Pashtunland. We could make Pokistan a rump state.

What are friends for?