first published on August 14, 2018 by Will
To keep the city of Ghazni from totally collapsing into Taliban control, the Pentagon has sent units from the 101st Airborne Division, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, as well as US Army Special Forces “Green Berets” to assist the Afghan National Army in stomping out the attacking insurgents.
The 101st Airborne Apache attack helicopters have been pummeling Taliban positions for days, and combat “advisor” troops currently of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade are augmenting Afghan National Army units on the streets of Ghazni.
The arrival of the American troops immediately turned the tide of the fight as mixed reports indicate that the Taliban insurgents have been pushed out of the city into the outlying suburbs and rural areas. The NATO-led Operation Resolute Support is claiming that the American airstrikes alone have killed more than 220 Taliban since Friday.
While this specific battle will inevitably end in favor of the Afghan government, the rest of the province has fallen or is in the process of falling to the insurgency. Outposts across the province, and Afghanistan as a whole, are being overran by Taliban raids with hundreds of government troops and police killed in the fighting and even more wounded or captured in the past week.
This series of defeats for the Afghan government and Resolute Support come just days after US CENTCOM commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel told reporters that no major change was needed for the Afghan war plan. He went on to claim that effective peace agreements with the Taliban are possible.
Votel’s comments certainly demonstrate zero deviation from the 17-year Afghanistan War plan… which is to substitute actual results with bullish*t press releases based on embellished reports that in-no-way reflect the situation on the ground.