REPORT: Are The Taliban No Longer Any Threat? Think Again
As President Obama used the occasion of the largest terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 attack presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and exploit the tragedy to further his anti-gun agenda, the president once again proved himself unable or unwilling to simply utter the words: “radical Islamic terrorism” to identify the real threat to Americans.
In his first extended remarks following the horrifying shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the president also took a victory lap claiming progress in his efforts against radical Islamic terrorism, but Obama’s bragging rang hollow when two top officials directly contradicted him and the artificially rosy picture he likes to paint.
On the same day that CIA director John Brennan told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, that “Despite all our progress against ISIL on the battlefield and in the financial realm, our efforts have not reduced the group’s terrorism capability and global reach,” the new U.S. commander in Afghanistan submitted a report that stresses the resurgence of the Taliban and the need for
Army Gen. John W. Nicholson served more than three years in Afghanistan before becoming top commander in March, and has now completed his assessment of the situation after spending 90 days meeting with American military “advisors” and Afghan soldiers on the front lines to determine what it will take to beat the fundamental Islamic Taliban.
The report has been submitted to his superiors at the Pentagon and is expected to recommend increased airstrikes to support the approximately 200,000 Afghan troops who have been unable to stop the resurgence.
Currently, less than 10,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, with a planned reduction by half to occur before the end of 2016.
Experts say Nicholson’s report will assess the threat level and the resources available to the Afghan military, making recommendations for U.S. contributions on everything from training and logistics to providing equipment.
The coming summer months promise increased offensives by the Taliban, which now holds more territory than at any point since the U.S.-led invasion following September 11, 2001.