American troops being sent to anticipate Taliban takeover of Helmand
WASHINGTON: The United States is conveying more troops in Helmand to keep Taliban from grabbing the Afghan territory, a US official affirmed on Wednesday.
A year ago, Taliban had grabbed the territory of Kunduz yet Afghan security strengths recovered it with US help.
The organization, initially reported by The Guardian, London, takes after media reports that Afghan security strengths had neglected to keep the Taliban from expanding their impact in Helmand and “could be directed by the aggressors.”
Col Michael Lawhorn, a representative for the US military in Afghanistan, told The New York Times that the organization “gives additional backing and preparing for the 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army” and would likewise give security to the US Special Operations troops officially situated in Helmand.
“Afghan strengths in Helmand have taken substantial losses as of late and have been cut off by the Taliban in numerous spots,” the Times reported.
The Afghan government controls just three of Helmand’s 14 regions, including its capital Lashkar Gah.
The Guardian reported that the new US arrangement in Helmand would be generally the extent of a brigade, which could be anyplace from around 300 troopers to upwards of 800.
However, US Under-Secretary of Defense Mike Andy McCord told an instructions in Washington this would not influence the US military vicinity in Afghanistan. “The normal troop quality is around 9,700 for 2016 and drops to around 6,200 in 2017,” he said.
A senior Pentagon official told the Times that Helmand was ‘the diciest spot” in Afghanistan where Afghan security strengths had the most misfortunes from without and inside.
Distributed in Dawn, February eleventh, 2016