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U.S. Military continues its difficult mission in Afghanistan
In a Dec. 9, 2016 AP article ... Afghanistan has fallen so far from Americans' consciousness that some may have forgotten it's called the forgotten war.
The U.S. performs its counterterror work in Afghanistan in two ways. First, it goes after al-Qaida and Islamic State operatives as a U.S.-only mission. Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in the country, said last week that U.S. special operations forces have conducted 350 such missions in 2016 — an average of nearly one per day.
Secondly, U.S. forces operate with Afghan special forces in hunting Islamic State fighters.
He (Gen. Nicholson) said that of the 98 militant groups designated by the U.S. as terrorist organizations, 20 are in Afghanistan, the world's highest concentration ... al-Qaida, the group whose 9/11 attacks were the reason the U.S. invaded, still has 'has the intent' to attack America.
About 9,800 U.S. troops are stationed in Afghanistan starting the new year, with a planned reduction to about 8,400 in mid-January, 2017. President-elect Donald Trump has not announced his troop level plans for 2017.
The Airborne Angel Cadets of Texas (an all-volunteer, non-political nonprofit) will continue supporting our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Guardsmen with care packages to Afghanistan and other remote areas. We welcome your support!
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