Pentagon Authorizes More Troops To Afghanistan; Total Number Now More Than Double Initial Force
15 August 2021, Lower Saxony, Wunstorf: An Airbus A400M transport aircraft of the German Air Force taxis across the runway at Wunstorf Air Base in the Hanover region. In view of the rapid advance of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the Bundeswehr wants to quickly begin evacuating German citizens and local Afghan forces from Kabul.
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The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) authorized an additional 1,000 troops to be sent into Afghanistan to help with the frantic evacuations that are taking place due to the chaos caused by Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration.

The move brings “the total number of troops expected in Afghanistan temporarily to 6,000,” Reuters reported. “The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the additional 1,000 troops would come from the 82nd Airborne Division, which had already been on standby.”

The move means that there are now more than double the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan than were stationed in the country to begin with when Biden decided to withdraw in a manner that has been widely criticized across the political spectrum.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, who has been widely criticized for being woke, informed U.S. Senators on Sunday that the timeline of how fast Islamic terrorists were likely to regroup had accelerated because of everything that has unfolded in Afghanistan in recent days.

The Wall Street Journal noted that the Afghan military collapsed because they relied heavily on U.S. air support, and it could not function after Biden pulled U.S. support:

The Afghan army fighting alongside American troops was molded to match the way the Americans operate. The U.S. military, the world’s most advanced, relies heavily on combining ground operations with air power, using aircraft to resupply outposts, strike targets, ferry the wounded, and collect reconnaissance and intelligence.

In the wake of President Biden’s withdrawal decision, the U.S. pulled its air support, intelligence and contractors servicing Afghanistan’s planes and helicopters. That meant the Afghan military simply couldn’t operate anymore. The same happened with another failed American effort, the South Vietnamese army in the 1970s, said retired Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, who commanded the U.S.-led coalition’s mission to train Afghan forces in 2011-2013.

“There is always a tendency to use the model you know, which is your own model,” retired Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger said. “When you build an army like that, and it’s meant to be a partner with a sophisticated force like the Americans, you can’t pull the Americans out all of a sudden, because then they lose the day-to-day assistance that they need.”


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