(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)



BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN


In December of 2009, President Obama announced 33,000 more U.S. troops would be sent to Afghanistan.

In the summer of 2011, he gave a timetable for withdrawal.

“...we will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge I announced at West Point. ...  Our mission will change from combat to support."

Thursday the last of the U.S. so-called “surge” troops left Afghanistan.

Leaving 68,000 troops still in the country.

BBC: “The key goal, of course, was to ensure that the Taliban did not regain a foothold in the country."

ABC: “The key goal of the surge, of course, was to ensure the Taliban did not regain their foothold and make the country a safe haven for terrorists once again.”

So what about that goal — which was to hold back the Taliban as coalition forces train Afghan security forces?

A series of insider so-called “green-on-blue” attacks on coalition forces by their Afghan trainees has called the strategy to question.

Still — military commanders say the strategy there is “on track," despite Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey’s recent declaration that “something has to change” in Afghanistan after the “very serious threat” of those insider attacks.

Obama’s already signed off on exit strategy has combat operations ending next year and ALL U.S.-led international troops out by 2014.

Last of US Surge Troops Out of Afghanistan

by Christina Hartman
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Sep 20, 2012

Last of US Surge Troops Out of Afghanistan

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)



BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN


In December of 2009, President Obama announced 33,000 more U.S. troops would be sent to Afghanistan.

In the summer of 2011, he gave a timetable for withdrawal.

“...we will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge I announced at West Point. ...  Our mission will change from combat to support."

Thursday the last of the U.S. so-called “surge” troops left Afghanistan.

Leaving 68,000 troops still in the country.

BBC: “The key goal, of course, was to ensure that the Taliban did not regain a foothold in the country."

ABC: “The key goal of the surge, of course, was to ensure the Taliban did not regain their foothold and make the country a safe haven for terrorists once again.”

So what about that goal — which was to hold back the Taliban as coalition forces train Afghan security forces?

A series of insider so-called “green-on-blue” attacks on coalition forces by their Afghan trainees has called the strategy to question.

Still — military commanders say the strategy there is “on track," despite Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey’s recent declaration that “something has to change” in Afghanistan after the “very serious threat” of those insider attacks.

Obama’s already signed off on exit strategy has combat operations ending next year and ALL U.S.-led international troops out by 2014.

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