Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Debate On Sending U.S. Troops To Afghanistan Intensifies

Stephen Biddle, Julia Macdonald and Ryan Baker, Washington Post: The Trump administration wants to send more military advisers to Afghanistan. Good luck with that.

Senior Trump administration officials have proposed sending 3,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Their mission? Advise and assist Afghan security forces.

The Obama administration’s plan was much the same. So is the U.S. strategy for Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Ukraine, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Mauritania and many other locations around the world. In all these places, U.S. strategy relies on Security Force Assistance (SFA): using a small U.S. force to advise, train, equip and assist local allies to do the difficult ground fighting that Americans would rather avoid.

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More Commentaries And Analysis On The Sending Of More U.S. Troops To Afghanistan

Marines are back in Afghanistan’s most violent province, and their mission could expand -- Dan Lamothe, Washington Post
Will Trump Send a Troop Surge to Afghanistan? -- Josh Siegel, Newsweek
On Afghanistan, It's Bannon vs. Almost Everybody -- Michael Warren, Weekly Standard
Hope. Concern. Resignation. Afghans have mixed feelings about the possibility of more U.S. troops -- Sultan Faizy and Shashank Bengali, L.A. Times
Back to First Principles: Four Fundamental Questions about Afghanistan -- Stephen Tankel, War on the Rocks

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