Thursday, November 20, 2014

COMISAF and Pending Decisions

The commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), General John Campbell, is currently reviewing the status of the Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) and their ability to hold the Taliban off on its quest to control more of the rural countryside and capture remote district centers. The U.S. troop level will drop to 9,800 personnel in January augmented by a couple of thousand from NATO and other partnering countries. By the end of 2015 this number should be around 5,000 and by the end of 2016 around 1,000. COMISAF will need to determine if these personnel numbers are adequate over the next several months. Read more in "U.S. commander weighs decisions that will shape Afghan war's final chapter", The Washington Post, November 17, 2014.

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