May 1, 2017

VIETNAMIZATION:

U.S. Watchdog Says Afghan Forces' Casualties 'Shockingly High' (RFE/RL, 5/01/17)

"Afghanistan remains in the grip of a deadly war," the report says. "Casualties suffered by the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in the fight against the Taliban and other insurgents continue to be shockingly high."

The report cited U.S. figures showing a gain in territory under Afghan government control, now at 59.7 percent of the country's 407 districts, up from 57.2 percent in mid-November of last year.

That represents an 800,000-person increase in the population under Afghan government control, it said.

The willingness to take casualties is the best sign of all.

Posted by at May 1, 2017 7:23 AM

  

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