General: US Set to ‘Win’ Afghan War

Expects Fighting to Continue for 'Long Period of Time'

Speaking today by video conference from Kabul, US Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the second in command for the NATO occupation forces in the nation, says that the war is going well and the “conditions are set for winning this war.”

Lt. Gen. Milley went on to say that he didn’t think the Taliban were even capable of ousting the US-backed government anymore, but conceded that the war is far from over.

Milley insisted that the war is going to continue “for a fairly long period of time,” and while he didn’t specify how long, he did say it would not be over in “the next year or two.”

That’s largely in keeping with what the Pentagon has said at any given point over the past 12 years of the Afghan occupation, as they always remain confident they’re en route for a victory, but that the victory isn’t actually going to happen until so far int he future that it can’t be predicted.

Author: Jason Ditz

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