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  • So the Afghan AF is going to be out of commission within a month of this being implemented

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    • Kabul hotel attack: multiple Americans killed, says US official

      In addition to the Americans killed in the attack, six Ukrainians, two Venezuelan pilots for KamAir, a citizen of Kazakhstan and a citizen of Germany were killed, officials said.
      Here : https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ys-us-official

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      • Somewhat ironic that a lot of the casualties are nationals from countries in distress...Ukraine and Venezuela. Looking for a better yet dangerous paycheck in foreign lands when its hard to get by in your own.

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        • Dutch MOD reports to parliament that the training mission in Afghanistan is adversely affected through a lack of vehicles, spare parts as well as troops and inability to communicate with these troops meant to provide force protection. The troops deployed to provide it are from Eastern Europe and only speak one language, their own. Even the most basic English is a no-go with troops replying "yes" to everything without any comprehension of what is said to them.

          http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archive...rity-problems/

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          • ^ The irony, US forces had an overabundance of MRAPs as the drawdown took place. Lots of them got sent to the boneyard and were basically crushed in country. There was plenty of equipment in Afghan, just has to be allocated to the right places.

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            • Originally posted by Mike1976 View Post
              Dutch MOD reports to parliament that the training mission in Afghanistan is adversely affected through a lack of vehicles, spare parts as well as troops and inability to communicate with these troops meant to provide force protection. The troops deployed to provide it are from Eastern Europe and only speak one language, their own. Even the most basic English is a no-go with troops replying "yes" to everything without any comprehension of what is said to them.

              http://www.dutchnews.nl/news/archive...rity-problems/
              It's incredible that troops sent on international missions, don't speak English. But I know it all to well..

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              • "After more than 16 years of war, Afghan civilians live each day under constant threat, as U.S. forces and the Afghan government struggle to secure the country. "

                This is one Month old but very interesting.
                its a disaster.. in a few months Taliban will have more than 50% of the country. Soon they will completely control it...

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                • Originally posted by profyler View Post


                  "After more than 16 years of war, Afghan civilians live each day under constant threat, as U.S. forces and the Afghan government struggle to secure the country. "

                  This is one Month old but very interesting.
                  its a disaster.. in a few months Taliban will have more than 50% of the country. Soon they will completely control it...
                  No.. Taliban is actually under serious pressure. Wanting to talk.. But there will be none. Get real.. please

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                  • Originally posted by The Dane View Post
                    No.. Taliban is actually under serious pressure. Wanting to talk.. But there will be none. Get real.. please
                    Yeah right. Just look how many gov locations did they loose to taliban last year. They might be under pressure but it surely isnt stopping them.

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                    • Originally posted by The Dane View Post
                      No.. Taliban is actually under serious pressure. Wanting to talk.. But there will be none. Get real.. please
                      The Long War Journal has been keeping track of the progress of the war. According to their map:
                      - 53 % (212 Districts) is either under the control of the government or 'unknown'

                      - 29 % (117 Districts) is 'contested' by the Taliban; the LWJ defines this as gov't control in the district capitol / centre, but little to none in the countryside.

                      - 11 % (45 Districts) is completely controlled by the Taliban, with no government presence

                      - 6 % (24 Districts) is additionally claimed by the Taliban, but the LWJ was unable to independently verify the claim.
                      So, by these numbers, perhaps 47 % of the country either fully in Taliban hands, or sufficiently contested to the point were government authority does not meaningfully exist. It's a pretty grim picture; unfortunately, the Taliban is anything but on the back foot.

                      I don't think that the Taliban has any realistic shot of taking any major cities, owing to their lack of heavy weapons, and the likelihood of US / NATO intervention, as occurred in 2015 at Kunduz. That said, they are perfectly capable of overwhelming small posts in the countryside – something that they continue to do with regularity.

                      The ANA doesn't look like it has overcome any of its crippling problems with endemic corruption in the officer corps, or desertion amongst the enlisted. It also has very little heavy equipment – no heavy armor other than MRAPs, no heavy artillery outside of a handful of Soviet-vintage D-30s, and a very modest air arm that suffers from chronic shortages of personnel. Battlefield attrition has been severe, with the situation being so embarrassing that the last report from the Special Inspector General Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) redacted all content on Afghan force levels.

                      Will the Taliban ever take over the country? No, because the US will deploy airpower and SF if Kabul or other major cities are ever threatened. But they can take over pretty much the entire countryside, and make the country as a whole basically ungovernable for a long time to come. This war is going to take a while.

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                      • Well.. Trump doesn't wanna talk to them. At this point..
                        https://www.voanews.com/a/afghanista...s/4231466.html

                        He has several times talk about stepping up the military effort in Afghanistan.
                        NATO is also increasing the number of military trainers.
                        Yes.. it's a looong war.

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                        • Russia, Taliban 'laughed' at US claims of Moscow arming fighters

                          Representatives from Russia and the Taliban "laughed" at US claims that Moscow has been arming the group, according to Russia's envoy to Afghanistan.

                          Zamir Kabulov said on Thursday that in their talks with the Taliban, the group's representatives said they buy all their weapons illegally from the Afghan government and police, and asked for financial support for that.

                          In that request, the Russian representatives replied, "Sorry, we have no money", Kabulov told a press conference in Moscow.

                          "We laughed with Taliban representatives about it, and I'll tell you why," he said of the US allegations.

                          "They [Taliban] say they wouldn't mind if we gave them weapons, but they don't need weapons. They say 'give us money, we're buying weapons from the stocks of the Afghan army and police'," Kabulov was quoted as saying by The Associated Press news agency.

                          "They laughed at the rumours that they receive ammunition from Pakistan. It was in the Soviet times - as they say - the Mujahideen was delivered weapons, and now they buy everything they need in Afghanistan," he added.
                          https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/...113642328.html

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                          • Originally posted by AAMC View Post

                            The Long War Journal has been keeping track of the progress of the war. According to https://www.longwarjournal.org/mapping-taliban-control-in-afghanistan"]their map[/URL]:
                            - 53 % (212 Districts) is either under the control of the government or 'unknown'

                            - 29 % (117 Districts) is 'contested' by the Taliban; the LWJ defines this as gov't control in the district capitol / centre, but little to none in the countryside.

                            - 11 % (45 Districts) is completely controlled by the Taliban, with no government presence

                            - 6 % (24 Districts) is additionally claimed by the Taliban, but the LWJ was unable to independently verify the claim.
                            So, by these numbers, perhaps 47 % of the country either fully in Taliban hands, or sufficiently contested to the point were government authority does not meaningfully exist. It's a pretty grim picture; unfortunately, the Taliban is anything but on the back foot.

                            I don't think that the Taliban has any realistic shot of taking any major cities, owing to their lack of heavy weapons, and the likelihood of US / NATO intervention, as occurred in 2015 at Kunduz. That said, they are perfectly capable of overwhelming small posts in the countryside – something that they continue to do with regularity.

                            The ANA doesn't look like it has overcome any of its crippling problems with endemic corruption in the officer corps, or desertion amongst the enlisted. It also has very little heavy equipment – no heavy armor other than MRAPs, no heavy artillery outside of a handful of Soviet-vintage D-30s, and a very modest air arm that suffers from chronic shortages of personnel. Battlefield attrition has been severe, with the situation being so embarrassing that the last report from the Special Inspector General Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) redacted all content on Afghan force levels.

                            Will the Taliban ever take over the country? No, because the US will deploy airpower and SF if Kabul or other major cities are ever threatened. But they can take over pretty much the entire countryside, and make the country as a whole basically ungovernable for a long time to come. This war is going to take a while.
                            The updated figures for districts are:
                            -208 controlled by the Government or unknown
                            -150 contested by the Taliban
                            -38 controlled by the Taliban
                            -2 unconfirmed control by the Taliban

                            Taliban control/contest is now 46.5%
                            https://www.longwarjournal.org/archi...ssessments.php

                            Shows that the ANA are pushing back but so is the Taliban who are also expanding their umbrella of influence.

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                            • This war isn't going away anytime soon. ANA is there for a paycheck and nothing else, Taliban is there because of their fanatical believes and to keep the poppy business flowing. ANA will keep fighting as long as the US keeps paying their salaries, Taliban will keep fighting as long as they have safe havens across the border and the drugs keep selling.

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