Pentagon to Increase U.S. Military Advisers in Afghanistan

Posted February 10, 2016 at 6:39am

The Washington Post reports that “the Pentagon will deploy dozens of additional U.S. military advisers to southern Afghanistan in coming weeks, a U.S. military official said, part of an effort to rebuild the Afghan army unit that has faced a bloody fight in Helmand province.”  

“The advisers will be deployed to train the 215th Corps, the Afghan army unit based in Helmand, the official said. The poppy-rich province was once home to about 30,000 coalition troops and major operations run by U.S. Marines, but nearly all U.S. troops there withdrawn by the end of 2014. In recent months pitched battles have been fought there, some of which involve U.S. Special Operations troops working alongside Afghanistan commandos.”