Afghanistan War Report – September 23, 2017: US Deploys More Troops And Warplanes

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The US is increasing its military involvement in the Afghanistan conflict in an attempt to take an upper hand in a battle against the Taliban.

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis announced on September 18 that the US will send more than 3,000 troops bringing the total number of personnel serving in the country to at least 14,000. On September 19, Lieutenant General of US Air Forces Central Command Jeffrey L. Harrigian announced that the US has increased the number of deployed F-16 warplanes from 12 to 18.

At the same time, the US is pushing an effort to transit the Afghan Air Force (AAF) helicopter fleet from Mi-17 to UH-60 helicopters. In total, the US is planning to deliver 159 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to the AAF. First few aircraft have already been delivered this week.

Despite this, the Taliban is continuing its expansion in the country’s north. The Taliban captured Koz Pur, Bar Kano, Atish Khano and several other areas in Rabat Sangi district of Herat province as well as attacked Afghan security forces in in Yaka Khana area in Almar district of Faryab province and in Shalgar district of Ghazni province.

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  • Richard Noel Hedditch

    If one takes a line through Syria and Yemen then the US military is actually fighting the Shia in Afghanistan and protecting the CIA poppy trade.

  • bcbingram

    I want to fly one of those ‘Black hawks’.

  • Expo Marker

    The US is refusing to learn why the USSR couldn’t win in Afghanistan, and continues to “brave on”.

  • Nigel Maund

    The War for control of Afghanistan’s huge natural resources of oil, gas, porphyry copper, base metal and gold deposits and of course the highly lucrative opium (poppy) trade is driving this US involvement. However, no country has ever succeeded in conquering Afghanstan and bringing “law and order” to it. My guess is the US will fail, l like all before it, and it will be another economic nail in the US coffin. All Russia and China have t do is coax the entire thing along until it turns into another US debacle. One has to love the Deep State and their consistent tendency to “double down” on mistakes!

    Trump has become a the Deep State’s latest “puppet” and is now just a cypher for them. His speeches are sheer idiocy from an amateur politician and not those of a Statesman. Trump is the ideal stooge to lead the US and the stupid West into a new World War, which is what the Interternational Bankster Cabal needs to distract the “Precariat” from the real cuses of their coming economic and social demise.