“The number of private military contractors operating in Afghanistan has dropped precipitously in recent months – the first specifics in an otherwise secretive withdrawal process and the surest sign yet that the Biden administration, unlike its predecessors, does not appear to be retaining any on-the-ground military support for its local allies after it leaves.”
“New documents prepared for Congress by the Defense Department show the total number of all kinds of contractors in Afghanistan has dropped by more than half in the last three months from almost 17,000 as of April to only 7,800 this month, with fewer than 2,700 Americans among them. The cuts are especially acute for private security contractors and for logisticians and mechanics, including the critical staff necessary to keep Afghanistan’s fledgling air force aloft. The Biden administration increasingly touts that force as one of the last remaining advantages the U.S.-backed local military has over the Taliban.
The dramatic reduction outlined in the latest Defense Department quarterly report follows President Joe Biden’s assertions that the Afghan military will have to operate on its own as it faces a growing onslaught from the Taliban, which now occupies or is challenging to take half of the country’s provincial capitals. However, the White House and Pentagon have few solid plans in place for how those forces will avoid collapse.”
“”We’re still working out what that contract support is going to look like,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters earlier this month. “Many of those contractors are still there providing that kind of support to the Afghans and the Afghan air forces as you and I speak. And we are actively working ways in which that contract support can be done remotely or virtually or even physically outside the country.”
Among the other tactics the Biden administration has boasted in recent weeks is its decision to provide 37 additional Blackhawk helicopters to the Afghan air force to bolster its existing force. Yet, again, no clear plan is currently in place for who will maintain those sophisticated aircraft once the U.S. leaves.” msn.com
Comment: Well, pilgrims, there you have it, a sentence of death for the present Afghan government and the masses of people who will be condemned to live and die under Taliban rule. Why does anyone ever trust the US? Why? pl
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