These figures, first pointed out on Twitter by Dr. In other words, these numbers are no secret, which raises concerns about the apparent lack of discourse over the expansion of the U. As a comparison, here are the numbers from June:
Is anyone paying attention? At a Senate hearing this past week on top U. In the ensuing two hours of questions for intelligence agency witnesses, no senator asked about Afghanistan, suggesting little interest in a war with nearly 15, U. It's not as if the war's end is in sight. Just last month the bulk of an Army training brigade of about soldiers arrived to improve the advising of Afghan forces.
Since January, attack planes and other aircraft have been added to U. But it's not clear that the war, which began in Octoberis going as well as the U. The picture may be clearer once the traditionally most intensive fighting season begins in April or May.
Over the winter, American and Afghan warplanes have focused on attacking illicit drug facilities that are a source of Taliban revenue. One of Washington's closest watchers of the Afghanistan conflict, Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote last month that the administration has made major improvements in military tactics and plans for developing Afghan forces but has "done nothing to deal with civil and political stability.
The administration "not only faces a deteriorating security situation, it has no clear political, governance, or economic strategy to produce Afghan stability," Cordesman said. In his view, the U.
The weak central government in Kabul and the resilient Taliban insurgency are not the U. It also faces what Gen. Joseph Votel, the top U. He told a congressional panel last month that Moscow is seeking to undermine U.
When Trump announced in August that he was ordering a new approach to the war, he said he realized "the American people are weary of war without victory. Stephen Biddle, a professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University, said Americans' relative lack of interest in the war gives Trump political maneuver room to conduct the war as he wishes, but that dynamic is not necessarily a good one.
John Nicholson, said the Afghan army, with U. Since then, the Taliban have conducted a series of high-profile attacks in Kabul and elsewhere that have killed scores of civilians.
Dan Coats, the director of U. Afghan forces, while "unsteady," probably will maintain control of most major population centers inhe added. Testifying at the same hearing, Army Lt. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, offered a mixed outlook.When the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was created, it brought together several existing foreign assistance organizations and programs.
Until then, there had never been a single agency charged with foreign economic development, so with the passage of the Foreign Assistance Act of by Congress, U.S. foreign . MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States does not intend to change significantly its strategy for Afghanistan adopted in and hopes that its allies will increase military presence in the country, the press service of the US National Security Council (NSC) told Sputnik on Wednesday.
In , the U.S. had upwards of , military personnel deployed to Afghanistan. Today that figure is around 8, U.S. troops and the situation is as deadly as ever. More than 2, Afghan police and troops have been killed already this year.
Challenging US Overseas Military Bases. December 19, • 6 Comments. Adding the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. spends over $ billion in overseas programs. The U.S.
military has roughly 14, troops in Afghanistan. Getty Images. The Trump administration has been quite vocal about the recent increase in troops in Afghanistan, where the Taliban has.
It appears the United States will maintain a robust military presence in Afghanistan well after its withdrawal in In a speech at Kabul University on May 9, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he would be willing to allow the U.S.
military to keep nine bases in Afghanistan.