A shift from country-wide military occupation to targeted special ops strategy could justify another decade of war in Afghanistan
by John Glaser, Antiwar.com, October 08, 2011
Even as the Obama administration promises to end the Afghan war in 2014, their plans to shift the war from one of military occupation to one of targeted violence by CIA and Joint Special Operations forces note a continuing military presence in Afghanistan that could stretch another decade.
Still, even the broader military’s role in Afghanistan is likely to remain past the 2014 deadline. But CIA and JSOC forces were the first to be put on the ground in Afghanistan in the weeks following the September 11th attacks, and Obama administration plans will have them be the last to leave as well.
In addition to these special forces continuing to conduct what are called counter-terrorism operations – but are not different from simply terror operations – US “trainers” will also remain to assist the Afghan security forces in their aims of having a monopoly of force in Afghanistan.