Saturday, October 08, 2011

The Next Phase

American Special Forces

From the Associated Press:
(AP) FORT BRAGG, North Carolina - They were the first Americans into Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and will probably be the last U.S. forces to leave.

As most American troops prepare to withdraw in 2014, the CIA and military special operations forces to be left behind are girding for the next great pivot of the campaign, one that could stretch their war up to another decade. ...

Another branch of special operations would continue to support the Afghans in remote locations, trying to keep the Taliban from spreading. The bare bones of that force have been put in place over the past two years — a scattered framework of small teams of U.S. operators paired with Afghan local tribesmen trained by the Americans.

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