We need to get out of Afghanistan now.
The Washington Post is reporting,
An American soldier was killed and two others were wounded Tuesday during a joint U.S.-Afghan Special Operations mission near the town of Marja in Helmand province, Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
The U.S. casualties came amid an uptick in fighting in the restive province in recent weeks as Taliban forces have attempted to regain control of key towns such as Sangin, Marja and the provincial capital of Lashkar Gah. In December, Afghan army troops and police were surrounded by Taliban forces in the town of Sangin in a move that prompted a deputy governor in Helmand to use social media to plead for help from the government in Kabul.
According to a U.S. defense official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss operational matters, some Afghans were wounded in the operation as well. The official said several helicopters were sent in to evacuate the wounded, but after landing, one helicopter struck a wall and was disabled. It is still stuck on the ground, while another helicopter was waved off due to heavy ground fire.
Last month six U.S. soldiers on a routine patrol near the U.S. airbase at Bagram were killed by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle and just a month or two earlier, the Taliban took the northern regional center of Kunduz from the Afghan army and police. Although they retook the city from the Taliban with abundant U.S. help, the handwriting is on the wall. The Afghan Army and police are incompetent and cannot defend, much less retake land lost to the Taliban
Afghanistan has no strategic value. It’s sucking billions of dollars a year and costing loss of life.
We need to get out now.