In among the Pentagon plans of sending 3,000 to 5,000 more US ground troops into Afghanistan, they are also looking at getting future unilateral control over US troop levels in the country. Even that isn’t the end of it, as reports today have them redefining the US “advisory” mission to put the troops closer to the front lines.
By way of presenting the 16-year-long US occupation of Afghanistan as something less than it was a decade ago, US officials have presented their deployments as “non-combat” in nature. The US forces are currently deployed to advise at the corps level, keeping them mostly a bit removed from actual combat situations.
That’s about to change, however, with the plans now looking for US “advisors” to be deployed into much smaller troop levels, meaning they’d be right on the front lines with Afghan forces, and fight in the middle of combat situations, despite being nominally “non-combat.”
This tactic has similarly been used in Iraq and Syria, as US troops in both countries are exclusively defined as non-combat, irrespective of the amount of combat they get into. With Afghan forces losing ground by the day in fighting against the Taliban, the Pentagon is increasingly desperate to get direct involvement happening, and in the least public way possible.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Major Clashes in Libyan Capital, at Least 20 Killed, Airport Closed - January 15th, 2018
- Aid Cranes Arrive at Key North Yemen Port of Hodeidah - January 15th, 2018
- Russia FM: Zone for US-Backed Rebels Could Split Syria - January 15th, 2018
- Syrian Army Vow to End US Presence in Syria - January 15th, 2018
- Syrian Rebels Push US to Resume Failed CIA Arms Smuggling Scheme - January 15th, 2018