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US commander General Votel wants aggressive Afghan push in 2018

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    US commander General Votel wants aggressive Afghan push in 2018
    By News Desk
    Published: January 3, 2018
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    US top commander for the Middle East says an influx of new US trainers can help escalate the fight. PHOTO: AFP

    The top United States (US) commander for the Middle East wants a more aggressive Afghan military pressuring Taliban and other insurgents in war-torn Afghanistan during this winter, and then quickly going on the offensive in the spring. It is all part of a plan the US hopes will change the course of a war now entering its 17th year.

    An influx of new US trainers can help escalate the fight, said General Joseph Votel of the US Central Command. They will be operating with Afghan units, closer to the front lines and at greater risk, but Votel added the US commanders will ensure American and allied forces have adequate protection.

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    The goal is to get the Afghan military moving on its military campaign sooner, rather than later.

    General Votel said in an interview that the US seeks the “focus on offensive operations and we’ll look for a major effort to gain the initiative very quickly as we enter into the fighting season,”

    Afghan forces must “keep the pressure on all the time and work to gain the upper hand as quickly as we can. So that as we get into this next fighting season we can build on the initiative,” he said.

    The Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy gives the US military greater authority to launch offensive attacks against the Taliban and an emerging Islamic State (IS) affiliate.

    White House to announce ‘specific actions’ against Pakistan within days

    The plan, announced in August, was designed to reverse a stalemate in America’s longest war. It specifically eliminates the Obama administration’s scheduled plan to withdraw US forces but includes no dramatic changes in an approach that has failed to stabilise the country or snuff out extremist groups operating from Afghan territory.

    Afghanistan appears to be high on US President Donald Trump’s agenda in 2018. A major focus of Trump’s Afghanistan strategy is to persuade Pakistan to eliminate alleged safe havens for the Taliban and other fighters.

    This story originally appeared on the VOA.
     
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    I swear this exact same strategy was tried before. unless I am wrong!
     
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    With the sheer losses the ANA has taken in 2017 this is not going to possible.
     
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    Spring is coming and with it comes the great spring offensive
     
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    Putin did say if you arm Ukraine then afghanistan will see Russian intervention. Now they did just that. Let's see how it pans out!
     
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    They have been saying this for the last 15 years. same shit different day.
     
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    3 times it happened maybe they will learn the 4th time that it aint going to work
     
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    Get out USA, blaming Pakistan will not change ground reality. You already punished them for 9/11, now let Afghanis sort out mess on their own.
     
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    Déjà vu folks.
     
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    That won't be possible with supply line now on risk....

    Sustaining 12000 troops is one thing.... aggressive push... not
     
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    Supply line is not an issue for a single spring push... they have India in Chabahar to take care of emergency supplies.
    I'm afraid if India hit Gawadar in coordinated strike.
     
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    I have written it a million times... Iran will not allow US military supplies....

    Food they can procure from uzbekistan even
     
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    Who's supplying fuel to Afghanistan?
     
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    India can only supply food and medicines through Chabahar.

    Tehran won't allow India to use Chabahar port to undermine Pakistan, say Iranian diplomats
    By Kamran Yousaf
    Published: December 11, 2017
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    ISLAMABAD: On December 3, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani inaugurated the first phase of Chabahar port. Pakistan is not part of the project, yet its minister for ports and shipping was standing next to the Iranian President during the ceremony. This was no coincidence, as Hasil Bizenjo was asked to stand next to Rowhani in a carefully choreographed move.

    Days before Iran started preparations for the inauguration ceremony, it invited Pakistan to send a ministerial-level delegation for the event. Tehran followed up with not only the formal invitation but used all available diplomatic channels to make sure that the Pakistani delegation attends the ceremony.

    The objective behind this move was clear – Iran wanted to send a message that it would not allow India or any other country to use Chabahar against Pakistan, said a senior Iranian diplomat, who requested not to be named so that he could speak freely on the subject.

    Such a firsthand account of close cooperation between Pakistan and Iran is unusual and represents a significant shift in the two neighbours’ ties, which have often been marred by a trust deficit and mutual suspicion.

    The turnaround is also important when seen alongside Pakistan’s participation in the Saudi-led counterterrorism coalition. Iran, which is not part of the grouping, considers the initiative an attempt to further Saudi Arabia’s agenda in the region.

    That is one of the reasons that Pakistan has been treading a careful path on the issue as it has the potential to undermine ties with Iran.

    Iranian president inaugurates first phase of Chahbahar Port

    Despite any allusions to a gulf, Islamabad and Tehran have been moving closer to each other, and diplomats on either side feel that the two sides understand and appreciate each other’s perspective.

    Pakistan, according to official sources, has given firm assurances to Iran that Islamabad would not become part of an initiative that targets the Islamic Republic.

    Tehran, in return, has pledged that it would not allow any regional country including India to undermine Pakistan’s interests.

    Far from India’s portrayal of Chabahar Port, Iran does not see it as a rival to Gwadar Port.

    After the inauguration of the first phase, Indian officials and commentators began presenting it as a major strategic victory to sidestep Pakistan.

    But the Iranian diplomat played down the India hype as ‘psychological warfare.’ He said the Iranian president has already mentioned that Chabahar and Gwadar ports would complement each other in the future and that a memorandum of understanding to this effect has already been signed.

    Chabahar port will enhance trade ties among regional countries, says Rouhani

    This unprecedented bonhomie did not happen overnight but after months of rigorous efforts from both sides. The visit of army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa was the culmination of those efforts.

    “It was an excellent, excellent visit,” emphasised the diplomat. The two sides developed a broader understanding of bilateral ties and key regional developments.

    He added that military and intelligence cooperation have deepened greatly in the past few months as officials from the security establishments on either side of the border speak to each other more often, something that was not possible just a few years ago.

    https://tribune.com.pk/story/158089...ort-undermine-pakistan-say-iranian-diplomats/
     
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