Monday, July 30, 2018

U.S. Wants The Afghan Government To Abandon The Rural Areas Of The Country To The Taliban

An Afghan Army soldier in Kabul, the capital, one of the urban population centers that a shift in strategy is meant to safeguard.CreditMohammad Ismail/Reuters

New York Times: Newest U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan Mirrors Past Plans for Retreat

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is urging American-backed Afghan troops to retreat from sparsely populated areas of the country, officials said, all but ensuring the Taliban will remain in control of vast stretches of the country.

The approach is outlined in a previously undisclosed part of the war strategy that President Trump announced last year, according to three officials who described the documents to The New York Times on the condition of anonymity. It is meant to protect military forces from attacks at isolated and vulnerable outposts, and focuses on protecting cities such as Kabul, the capital, and other population centers.

The withdrawal resembles strategies embraced by both the Bush and Obama administrations that have started and stuttered over the nearly 17-year war. It will effectively ensure that the Taliban and other insurgent groups will hold on to territory that they have already seized, leaving the government in Kabul to safeguard the capital and cities such as Kandahar, Kunduz, Mazar-i-Sharif and Jalalabad.

The retreat to the cities is a searing acknowledgment that the American-installed government in Afghanistan remains unable to lead and protect the country’s sprawling rural population. Over the years, as waves of American and NATO troops have come and left in repeated cycles, the government has slowly retrenched and ceded chunks of territory to the Taliban, cleaving Afghanistan into disparate parts and ensuring a conflict with no end in sight.

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WNU Editor: The Soviets implemented the same strategy when they were in Afghanistan in the 1980s, and it failed. The fact that the U.S. is following the same policy does not surprise me. It is being pursued to to fulfill President Trump's  election promise to leave the country and the war .... Can Trump Get America Out of Afghanistan? (Gil Barndollar, National Interest). My prediction .... if the U.S. and its allies do withdraw from Afghanistan, within a year the Afghan government will fall and the country will be fractured into competing tribal/sectarian regions. But it will no longer be a U.S. problem and responsibility (unless of course Al Qaeda or ISIS become dominant).


Anonymous said...

I was baffled at the time in 2001-2002 why the US stayed in force knowing full well that was a historically bad strategy. The US Overran the country using a light US ground force, 24x7 AirPower well controlled by ground controllers and heavy local tribes.

17 years later best get out as best possible and let China and Russia sort out their back yard.

Anonymous said...

It's been stated by many people that Afghanistan isn't a country.
Afghanistan is a hole in the map where no one else wants to be.

~ Anon #87

Roger Smith said...

I feel sorry for some of them and couldn't care less for others. Most sympathy goes to the women. They have had more than enough input from the rest of the world. Some responded, most seemed indifferent or worse.
Now will be the time for them to rise above their selves if they want change.
I sure as heck do not want any government suits allowed into our country unless the have an immpecable[sp] background. We'll get Mueller on that tomorrow.

Crusader said...

But...I thought the Chinese were wanting to set up base there?

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