Eight militants die in U.S. strike in Afghanistan

Eight militants die in U.S. strike in Afghanistan
Eight militants die in U.S. strike in Afghanistan

04 May, 2017

Speaking to legislators on Capitol Hill last week, military analyst and Long War Journal editor Bill Roggio said simply: "We are losing in Afghanistan".

The sobering statistics come more than two years after the combat phase of the United States' war in Afghanistan, the longest war in US history, came to a close, and four days after two USA soldiers died in combat in Nangarhar province.

Stoltenberg told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag in an interview published on April 30 that in view of the "challenging" security situation, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation could increase the number of personnel in Afghanistan from the current 13,000, although he did not give a specific figure.

Since the USA -led effort in Afghanistan closed in December of 2014, US forces have supported the Afghan government's efforts to fight ISIS and the Taliban in the country.

As the US considers sending more troops to Afghanistan and reviews its current strategy there, a new report from a USA government watchdog paints a bleak picture of the country's security and corruption issues.

Nicholson also said the current battle, mainly against Taliban forces but also against the Islamic State extremist group, was at a "stalemate". A few thousand more USA troops will not change the trajectory of the war, and the inevitable spike in civilian casualties from loosened rules of engagement will only increase support for the Taliban.

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"The ANDSF faces many problems: unsustainable casualties, temporary losses of provincial and district centers, weakness in logistics and other functions, illiteracy in the ranks, often corrupt or ineffective leadership, and over-reliance on highly trained special forces for routine missions", the report says.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Monday during the cabinet council meeting said that Taliban recently announced spring offensive, but they will fail this year again.

After more than 2 generations of conflict in the country, more than 660,000 people in Afghanistan fled their homes in 2016, the highest number of displacements on record and a 40 percent increase over the previous year, according to the US report.

Of roughly 400 districts in Afghanistan, the Taliban controls, contests, or influences 171 of them, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. That, too, was a record and a 40 percent increase over 2015.

- Narcotics traffickers provide weapons, funding, and material support to the insurgency in exchange for protection, while insurgent leaders traffic drugs to finance their operations. Afghanistan produced roughly 4,800 metric tons of opium in 2016 alone, according to SIGAR.

The report cited an attack that killed 50 people at the Afghanistan's largest military hospital on March 8 and another that killed two investigators from the Major Crimes Task Force on April 10.

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