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Old 02-20-2017   #1
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Default OEF: is there an end in sight?

After the end of ISAF and for many a change of role (to advise & assist) we now have the request for 3more troops, from NATO & USA, as indicated by General Nicholson.

I was struck by this Afghan veteran's article, with this sentence:
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But one can virtually guarantee that by repeating the military strategies we’ve used since 9/11, our efforts will fail.
Link:https://warisboring.com/how-to-lose-...f95#.fseu4opt9

Or does this call mean more contractors?
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The vast majority of those troops have returned home; there are 8,400 troops in country now (plus 26,000 military contractors, 9,474 of whom are U.S. citizens).
Link:http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/bei...in-afghanistan

Can there be a 'victory' or is a 'stalemate' enough - for the USA? As another observer remarked in 2015 are we 'losing' or 'lost'. Horribly fitting is Ahmed Rashid's remark:Afghanistan is probably worse off today than when foreign forces intervened in 2001

There are 300 threads in this arena and some IIRC have debated the issues involved. Perhaps President Trump and his advisers have better answer.
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Default Is more force wise?

Hat tip to WoTR for this article, which rightly asks:
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a more fundamental question deserves serious scrutiny: Could a renewed U.S. commitment of additional troops help turn a corner in Afghanistan?
Link:https://warontherocks.com/2017/02/am...f-afghanistan/
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More than 30 people have been killed after attackers dressed as doctors stormed the largest military hospital in Kabul, Afghan officials say.
Militants armed with guns and grenades gained entry after one detonated explosives at a hospital gate and then opened fire on staff and patients.
Commandos who landed on the Sardar Daud hospital roof killed all four attackers after several hours of fighting.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39202525
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