WASHINGTON – ISIS is beginning to extend its influence into Afghanistan, but the Obama administration no longer is giving the country priority, and the 10,000 American troops that remain are feeling abandoned, a U.S. intelligence officer has told Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The officer, who is stationed in Afghanistan and has requested anonymity for security reasons, paints a bleak picture in a war zone that is apparently all but forgotten after an investment of more than $1 trillion by the U.S.
There simply aren’t enough active-duty U.S. reservists or National Guard personnel in Afghanistan to complete the mission, he contends.
The United States has “zero strategy for the country,” the intelligence officer said.
“We’re essentially waiting for politicians to pull the plug.”
In March, President Obama announced he was freezing U.S. troop levels to 9,800 through the end of this year and would conclude the American war before leaving office.
Yet, defense ministers of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization meeting recently in Brussels reaffirmed their commitment to secure Afghanistan as security deteriorates.
On June 22, the Afghan parliament in Kabul was attacked amid clashes throughout northern Afghanistan.
The Institute for the Study of War recently pointed out that Taliban forces have attacked several strategic bases as their forces have been bolstered by foreign fighters, including Arabs, Uighurs, Chechens, Tajiks and Uzbeks.
“This force composition is somewhat unusual for the Taliban and may reflect a unification of effort between several anti-government militant fronts or a spillover of foreign militants into Afghanistan,” the institute’s report said.
In addition, it said ISIS is establishing judiciary courts and imposing social restrictions in a number of provinces as a sign of “its transition from a fighting force into a governing presence” in Afghanistan.
“The compelling threat posed by a growing ISIS legitimacy, the surge of foreign militants, and the effective military operations of the Taliban will combine to test the limits of the Afghan government and (Afghan security forces) throughout the summer offensive,” the institute said.