FROM SIERRA BRAVO
SUBJ TROOPS ON THE GROUND
(CALCUTTA BUREAU)--Drawing lines in the sand is never easy when it comes to staying in the fight or running away; this time it appears like the United States has decided to stick around. Currently the coalition has the advantage starting with the fact that it has been firmly in place since 2001.
Conditions elsewhere indicate the need to draw the line somewhere, with any number of countries appearing to have some affiliation to the ISIS threat, credible link or not. Draw it where the perimeter is in place in a strategic location.
In the words of CINC:
"The security situation in Afghanistan remains precarious,"
"I strongly believe it is in our national security interest ... that we give our Afghan partners the best opportunities to succeed,"
"We have to deal with the realities of the world as it is. We can't forget what's at stake in Afghanistan. This is where al Qaeda is trying to regroup, this is where ISIL continues to try to expand its presence,"
"Afghanistan is not a perfect place. ..."
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