Friday, May 31, 2013

Afghanistan War News Updates -- May 31, 2013

Marines Stand Back As Afghans Take Lead -- Washington Times

Yet the threat of danger never far away even with reduced combat role

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan — For Marines training and working with Afghan troops to help secure their war-torn country, danger is ever-present — even at bases operated by their Afghan counterparts.

Marines inside Afghan bases are instructed to keep their guns on the highest readiness condition, and are always accompanied by “guardian angels” — Marines who provide security for those interacting with Afghan troops.

Meanwhile, most Afghan troops are not allowed to carry weapons in their bases, except for security guards.

“There are about 800 Afghans here — 799 of those Afghans are awesome,” Marine Lt. Col. Philip Treglia, the officer in charge of advising the Afghan National Army’s 1st Brigade of the 215th Maiwand Corps, said at Camp Garmsir, an Afghan base near his Marines’ Camp Dwyer. “It’s that ‘one’ you have to worry about, and it’s not because of the Taliban. It’s because he got into an argument that morning.

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More News On Afghanistan

ISAF Joint Command Operational Update -- ISAF
45 Taliban killed or injured during clashes with villagers in Ghazni -- Khaama Press
3 Afghan Militants Killed, 3 Arrested In Firefight With Security Forces -- RTT
Suicide bombers attack peaceful province in Afghan north -- Reuters
Six suicide attackers killed in Afghanistan -- Global Post/AFP
Afghans claim 6 arrested in Kabul attack plot -- AP
Major Attack On Kabul Thwarted: Afghan Intelligence -- RTT
Cross-border shelling by Pakistan kill 1, injure 2 in Nuristan -- Khaama Press
Afghanistan Red Cross office attack sets dangerous precedent for aid work -- The Guardian
Commander Says Afghan Forces Lead Fight in Sangin --
ISAF Commander: Taliban Defeat Imminent In Sangin Fighting -- RTT
Fighting season is testing ground for Afghan force -- The Guardian/AP
American general: 'Not feasible' to completely destroy the Taliban in Afghanistan -- NBC
War in Afghanistan set to cost every British household £2,000 as bill soars to £4billion -- Daily Mail
Growing crystal meth use blurs drug-hungry Afghanistan's future -- Reuters
Afghanistan: Fatal Embarrassment -- Strategy Page
It takes a village to raze an insurgency -- Dr. Daniel R. Green, Foreign Policy

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