Mark Collins – More Combat for US Troops in Afghanistan…

…though POTUS et al. are loathe to admit it–at Foreign Policy:

Situation Report: U.S. expanding combat role in Afghanistan

On Tuesday [Jan. 19], word leaked that the White House will allow U.S. troops to expand their offensive operations against Islamic State elements in Afghanistan, just two weeks after an American Green Beret soldier was killed in combat with the Taliban in Helmand province. Pentagon officials have refused to call the widening American Special Forces role in Helmand “combat,” insisting that it is a train and advise mission in which the Americans have the right to defend themselves. But with U.S. troops now very much in the fight against the Taliban, the new action against ISIS will add another stress to the roughly 3,000 U.S. special operations and counterterrorism forces on the ground there. There are another 6,800 American troops training Afghan troops currently in country [plus some 5,000 forces from other countries with the NATO mission–but not the Canadian Forces]…

Context:

How Bleak for Afghanistan?

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

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