09 May '18, 7pm

Mattis, Dunford Defend Strategy: Afghan Force Smaller But Better

You can’t just count the number of violent incidents, Mattis told Sen. Richard Durbin, ranking member of the defense appropriations subcommittee: “Who’s initiating the attack is as important as the number.” A clash in which Afghan troops are scrambling to react to a Taliban attack has very different strategic implications from one in which the government forces take the offensive on their own terms — and they’re taking the offensive more and more. What’s more, he said, when the Taliban do attack, they increasingly go after soft targets like election registration stations rather than the increasingly formidable Afghan forces. (The Taliban has also shifted its efforts from the major cities to rural areas).

Full article: https://breakingdefense.com/2018/05/mattis-dunford-defend...

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