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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States plans to send 1,400 additional Marines to Afghanistan to boost its combat forces ahead of the spring fighting season, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The United States, which led a 2001 invasion of Afghanistan that toppled the Taliban, has about 100,000 troops in the country, and President Barack Obama is under pressure to show results so he can begin a promised withdrawal this year.
The Taliban are at their strongest since they were ousted form power, although operations against the insurgency have intensified since 2008. More than 700 foreign troops were killed in Afghanistan last year, and civilian casualties were at record levels.
Originally posted by alonzo730
I don't get it. Genghis Khan couldn't keep Afghanistan. The British couldn't keep it. The Russians had a devil of a time while they were there. Let's face it, we're probably not going to succeed where others failed. It would be better to cut our losses and get out of there. Unfortunately the US government has other ideas. Where are all the historians?
Originally posted by randomname
...that won't work because one thing, especially about afghani muslims, is that they don't have a normal fear of dying. they go into battle expecting to die...