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US military leaders fear Afghanistan withdrawal will increase soldier deaths
The Telegraph ^ | 25 June 2011 | Philip Sherwell

Posted on 06/26/2011 5:22:27 AM PDT by huldah1776

"President Barack Obama's decision to order a bigger and speedier reduction in troop numbers than advised by his top military commanders will increase American casualties during the pull-out, Pentagon planners fear." *** "On the ground, US commanders believe the announcement means it will now be necessary to abandon plans to take their fight against the Taliban to the violent eastern mountains bordering Pakistan where the Afghan war was born.

They had wanted to try and repeat the successes since Mr Obama's "surge" was begun in 2009 during fierce fighting in the southern provinces of Kandahar and Helmand."

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; axisofsurrender; casualties; cutandrunbarry; drawdown; pentagon
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To: Navy Patriot

I think he’s more happy and satisfied than unconcerned.

21 posted on 06/26/2011 6:29:40 PM PDT by Sal (Islamo Bamma is the star, writer, director and producer of AS THE WORLD BURNS.)
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To: thethirddegree

22 posted on 06/26/2011 6:42:47 PM PDT by rlmorel (Sometimes, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. But not always.)
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To: rlmorel
"...must resist urge to defend the Constitution..."

That's a powerful statement. Think I'll share it with a few of my vet buddies.

23 posted on 06/26/2011 8:06:55 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: panthermom

My only son begins his first tour next year. I have a lot of respect for Petraeus, but these ROE to me are unacceptable especially when I read this:

Corrupt Afghan courts release most Taliban fanatics seized by UK troops: Report
Afghanistan Sun
Monday 27th June, 2011

Afghanistan’s courts have freed over 1,000 Taliban fighters seized by British troops in the past year, it has emerged.

According to the Sun, the corrupt and shambolic legal system in Helmand province has convicted fewer than one in 20 murderous insurgents.

A military source said that Helmands’ justice system is not capable enough to process and convict many cases.

“The Helmand justice system is next to useless - and it’s down to a mixture of corruption, inepitutde and a lack of capacity to process and convict so many cases,” the paper quoted the military source, as saying.

“It is also bad for our morale, as there is little more dispiriting than seeing all our hard work in finding and catching some really evil people go to waste when they are freed just as fast,” the source added.

In the past year, just 82 out of 1,175 suspected insurgents arrested by British soldiers were convicted and sentenced, the paper said. (ANI)

24 posted on 06/27/2011 8:29:40 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

This article is from April of this year, nothing has changed. However it will make you want to scream!

25 posted on 06/27/2011 5:30:53 PM PDT by panthermom (Pray for my son in Aghanistan and all the troops!)
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