For readers who have wondered why we are still in Afghanistan, the report below explains it succinctly.
Among them, enemies of our enemy supplying them with war fighting materials .
The Afghan Army has never become a cohesive fighting force, Pakistan with its nukes is a neighbor and there is the threat of Iranprovide more weapons to the Taliban and ISIS fighters.
The probability of U.S. remaining in the country appears to be high.
Many factors come to play which make the area a world-wide tinderbox should things erupt on a larger scale.
The Clarion Report @Stratfor
Wed, January 25, 2017
On April 30, 1975, the United States finally pulled out of Vietnam after 19 years, 5 months, 4 weeks and 1 day.
On September 26, 2001, the U.S. planted its first boots in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Fifteen years, 3 months, 30 days later, there are 13,000 members of the American military still in the quagmire that is Afghanistan. Five thousand and six hundred days fighting a battle that some say is simply unwinnable.
Members of a U.S. Army carry team move the flag-draped transfer case holding the remains of Army Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt of Tamaroa, Illinois, during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base November 15, 2016 in Dover, Delaware. Iubelt, 20, who was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division in Fort Hood, Texas, died November 12 of injuries sustained from a suicide bomb attack at Bagram Airfield near Kabul in Afghanistan. (Photo © Alex Wong/Getty Images)
In 2016 alone, the Taliban claims it killed more than 17,500 people. In total, some 3,500 Americans gave their lives since the invasion with in excess of 20,000 wounded.
The reasons for the U.S. presence in Afghanistan are obvious and without them, the Afghan’s would slip back into the never-ending swamp of warfare.
Here are some more facts about the “Vietnam” of the 21st Century that came to light in the last few days:
- Iran is supplying the Taliban with rockets, according to the governor of Helmand Province
- The Taliban launched some 19,000 attacks over the last 10 months, says the Afghan Defense Ministry
- As many as 50 people were killed in two explosions in Kabul
- Up to 80 ISIS and al-Qaeda fighters were killed in foreign-nation airstrikes in Zabul Province
- Germany sent dozens of Afghani refugees back to Kabul. The refugees fear they are returning to death
The problem for the Pentagon and White House is that as soon as America withdraws the last of its 10,000 soldiers and 3,000 trainers, Afghanistan will likely collapse and Islamists could well raise their flag once again over yet another country.
The Islamists are determined to achieve that aim and Afghanistan is ripe for the picking.
The dilemma for Washington is not just moral – the question of how many more Afghanis will die should the U.S. quit – but also strategic. Can the U.S. afford for Islamist ideology to spread even further and deeper in a part of the world that is often out of control and spreads its hate far and wide, including across the borders of Europe and North America?