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Forget 4,000 troops. Pentagon reveals 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, and rising

Pentagon says 11,000 US troops are in Afghanistan, a number much higher than previously reported.

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While a large US troop presence in Afghanistan should shock no one, the Pentagon decided to come clean, and reveal that there are approximately 11,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan.

The troop number is thousands higher than previous reports, and highlights just how bogged down the United States is in Afghanistan…a 17 year war that the US has no idea how to win, or what victory even looks like.

With another 4,000 plus US troops on the way, expect America to be in Afghanistan for another 17 years.

The Gateway Pundit reports that Defense Department spokeswoman, Dana White, stated that the new number does “not represent an increase in troops in the country,” but with the influx of new troops spurred by the McMaster-wing of the White House, the roughly 8,400 troops in Afghanistan – a cap set during the Obama years – is seemingly increasing.

White claimed that the new number comes on the heels of Defense Secretary James Mattis reversing the method previously used for counting troops, these methods left off shorter missions and partial-unit deployments, as well as various other factors.

The changes, according to White, are in place to “enhance the trust the public has placed in the department,” and that the new total is allegedly only “approximate” and for “operational security” purposes, according Joint Staff Director Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frank McKenzie, Jr.

White also failed to comment on the troop level details for Iraq and Syria, where thousands more troops are serving, she cited, “each operational theater” being “different”.

The Hill reports…

It’s known within defense circles that there are far more troops in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq than the Pentagon officially admits. Due to the Obama-era troop caps, commanders artificially keep the public troop count lower by moving forces around in the region and using specific personnel accounting methods.

Following the announcement, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) applauded what he said was a decision by the White House and Pentagon to “put the facts on the table.” He also took a swipe at the previous president.

“The Obama Administration did not shoot straight on how many people they sent to Afghanistan, which added cost to the mission and made it harder to succeed,” he said in a statement. “It is important to be upfront about the importance of the mission and what it takes to succeed.”

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I guess the Pentagon said their Kol Nidre prayers. We have to defend the poppy fields from those terrible Taliban that eradicated them before..

seby
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I’m sure the “new” figure doesnt include the blackwater, dynacorp and other private mercenaries paid by the US Govt.

Vtran
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Vtran

Paid for by U$ american citizen taxes

seby
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Everyone on the planet pays for U$ imperialism for sure.

Vtran
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Vtran

Everyone pays for U$ Americans to Live Beyond their Means …. that is why the U$ American Dollar needs to end being the Reserve Currency … so that U$ Americans Live Within Means

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It is very sad that president Trump has still got three generals (McMaster, Kelly and Mattis) who think Afcrapistan can still come in under budget (in lives, limbs and hundreds of billions) and ahead of schedule after 16 years with nothing real accomplished in the last 15 3/4 years, and he hasn’t permanently transferred them all to the North Pole or somewhere in the Upper Amazon where they can try their beloved COIN/”winning hearts and minds” on the cannibals there.

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They have accomplished something: they’ve revitalised the poppy growing industry and hugely increased it. US troops also guard the poppy fields.

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Afghanistan is a vital platform for the ziocons to disrupt China’s “One belt one road” initiative and foment the yankee jihadi doctrine to spread further in Eurasia and the planned route and surroundings. They’ve now installed their IS puppet there as well, which is also fighting Taleban. In that sense it would make sense to support Taleban and make it a meat grinder for the Americans and bog them down.

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It seems like Trump has betrayed his supporters again—“kicked the deplorables to the curb.” Like his Tomahawk strike on Syria’s Shayrat air base, it’s getting hard to defend Trump’s actions. Who is controlling him? Is he just a puppet of the deep state? Or is he involved in a struggle against the American-European corporate elite, like Putin had to struggle against the Kremlin oligarchs? This article puts a microscope on some of the deep state factors in Afghanistan

https://quemadoinstitute.org/2017/08/26/afghanistan-escalation-full-analysis-by-quemado-institute/

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It doesn’t matter how many cannon-fodder the US sends to Afghanistan. They won’t win where there is nothing to be won. In 2011, US/NATO had 140,000 troops in Afghanistan. WHAT did they win?

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I know the White House is ruled by the Pentagon when it comes to foreign policy now. In return Turmp supposedly gets more power for national affairs. Yet it’s surreal to think that the honesty of a General (my interpretation) ended the Vietnam war. After years of sending troops after troops and creating increasingly a bigger nightmare, Nixon asked a General, “tell me honestly, if I send another 200.000 troops to Vietnam, is it enough to win?” The General said “I don’t know”. That’s when Nixon pulled the troops out which produced those iconic images. The intention is to stay… Read more »

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There are currently 8 members of Trumps cabinet who were former military!

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Bulk of NGO’s are working under the state department and huge number of missionaries are working for their government.

Wayne Blow
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Break out more “body bags” eh president Mattis!!!

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Tape recorded evidence of Clinton-Ukraine meddling in US election surfaces (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 114.

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RT CrossTalk host Peter Lavelle and The Duran’s Alex Christoforou take a look at new evidence to surface from Ukraine that exposes a plot by the US Embassy in Kiev and the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) to leak Paul Manafort’s corrupt dealings in the country, all for the benefit of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko has launched an investigation into the head of the Ukrainian National Anti-Corruption Bureau for allegedly attempting to help Hillary Clinton defeat Donald Trump during the 2016 US election by releasing damaging information about a “black ledger” of illegal business dealings by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The Hill’s John Solomon, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko

“Today we will launch a criminal investigation about this and we will give legal assessment of this information,” Lutsenko said last week, according to The Hill

Lutsenko is probing a claim from a member of the Ukrainian parliament that the director of the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU), Artem Sytnyk, attempted to the benefit of the 2016 U.S. presidential election on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

A State Department spokesman told Hill.TV that officials aware of news reports regarding Sytnyk. –The Hill

“According to the member of parliament of Ukraine, he got the court decision that the NABU official conducted an illegal intrusion into the American election campaign,” said Lutsenko, speaking with The Hill’s John Solomon about the anti-corruption bureau chief, Artem Sytnyk.

“It means that we think Mr. Sytnyk, the NABU director, officially talked about criminal investigation with Mr. [Paul] Manafort, and at the same time, Mr. Sytnyk stressed that in such a way, he wanted to assist the campaign of Ms. Clinton,” Lutsenko continued.

Solomon asked Lutsenko about reports that a member of Ukraine’s parliament obtained a tape of the current head of the NABU saying that he was attempting to help Clinton win the 2016 presidential election, as well as connections that helped release the black-ledger files that exposed Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort‘s wrongdoing in Ukraine.

“This member of parliament even attached the audio tape where several men, one of which had a voice similar to the voice of Mr. Sytnyk, discussed the matter.” –The Hill

What The Hill doesn’t mention is that Sytnyk released Manafort’s Black Book with Ukrainian lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko – discussed in great length by former Breitbart investigator Lee Stranahan, who has been closely monitoring this case.

Serhiy Leshchenko

T]he main spokesman for these accusations was Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian politician and journalist who works closely with both top Hillary Clinton donors George Soros and Victor Pinchuk, as well as to the US Embassy in Kyiv.

James Comey should be asked about this source that Leshchenko would not identify. Was the source someone connected to US government, either the State Department or the Department of Justice?

The New York Times should also explain why they didn’t mention that Leshchenko had direct connections to two of Hillary Clinton biggest financial backers. Victor Pinchuk, the largest donor to the Clinton Foundation at a staggering $8.6 million also happened to have paid for Leshchenko’s expenses to go to international conferences. George Soros, whose also founded the International Renaissance Foundationthat worked closely with Hillary Clinton’s State Department in Ukraine, also contributed at least $8 million to Hillary affiliated super PACs in the 2016 campaign cycle. –Lee Stranahan via Medium

Meanwhile, according to former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr, Leshchenko was a source for opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which commissioned the infamous Trump-Russia dossier.

Nellie Ohr, a former contractor for the Washington, D.C.-based Fusion GPS, testified on Oct. 19 that Serhiy Leshchenko, a former investigative journalist turned Ukrainian lawmaker, was a source for Fusion GPS during the 2016 campaign.

“I recall … they were mentioning someone named Serhiy Leshchenko, a Ukrainian,” Ohr said when asked who Fusion GPS’s sources were, according to portions of Ohr’s testimony confirmed by The Daily Caller News Foundation. –Daily Caller

Also absent from The Hill report is the fact that Leshchenko was convicted in December by a Kiev court of interfering in the 2016 US election.

A Kyiv court said that a Ukrainian lawmaker and a top anticorruption official’s decision in 2016 to publish documents linked to President Donald Trump’s then-campaign chairman amounted to interference in the U.S. presidential election.

The December 11 finding came in response to a complaint filed by another Ukrainian lawmaker, who alleged that Serhiy Leshchenko and Artem Sytnyk illegally released the documents in August 2016, showing payments by a Ukrainian political party to Trump’s then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

The documents, excerpts from a secret ledger of payments by the Party of Regions, led to Manafort being fired by Trump’s election campaign.

The Kyiv court said that the documents published by Leshchenko and Sytnyk were part of an ongoing pretrial investigation in Ukraine into the operations of the pro-Russian Party of Regions. The party’s head had been President Viktor Yanukovych until he fled the country amid mass protests two years earlier.

-RadioFreeEurope/Radio Liberty (funded by the US govt.).

So while Lutsenko – Solomon’s guest and Ukrainian Prosecutor is currently going after Artem Sytnyk, it should be noted that Leshchenko was already found to have meddled in the 2016 US election.

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Meanwhile, you can also check out Stranahan’s take on Leshchenko being left out of the loop.

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‘I will take over as Brexit Party leader’: Nigel Farage back on the frontline

Nigel Farage says that if the UK takes part in European elections, he will lead his new Brexit Party.

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Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced that he will lead his new Brexit Party into the European elections if UK MPs decide to delay Brexit beyond May 22.

Farage, who has ostensibly appointed himself leader, told various media, including the BBC and Sky News on Friday morning: “I will take over as leader of the Brexit Party and lead it into the European Elections.”

It comes after the Brexit Party’s leader, Catherine Blaiklock, quit over a series of alleged Islamophobic statements and retweets of far-right figures on social media.

It is not yet thought that Farage has officially been elected as leader, as the party does not, as yet, have a formal infrastructure to conduct such a vote.

The right-wing MEP vowed to put out a whole host of Brexit Party candidates if the UK participates in the upcoming EU elections in May, adding: “If we fight those elections, we will fight them on trust.”

On Thursday night, the EU agreed to PM May’s request for a delaying to Brexit beyond the March 29 deadline. Brussels announced two new exit dates depending on what happens next week in the UK parliament.

The UK will have to leave the bloc on April 12 unless British MPs agree to May’s Brexit deal. If the withdrawal agreement is passed by next week, EU leaders have agreed to grant an extension until May 22.

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Baltics cannot rely on Germany any more

The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it is supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership blunders.

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On March 29 Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia will celebrate 15 years of becoming NATO member states. The way to the alliance membership was not simple for newly born independent countries. They have reached great success in fulfilling many of NATO demands: they have considerably increased their defence expenditures, renewed armaments and increased the number of military personnel.

In turn, they get used to rely on more powerful member states, their advice, help and even decision making. All these 15 years they felt more or less safe because of proclaimed European NATO allies’ capabilities.

Unfortunately, now it is high time to doubt. The matter is NATO today is not as strong as it supposed to be. And it is not only because of leadership’s blunders. Every member state does a bit. As for the Baltic states, they are particularly vulnerable, because they fully depend on other NATO member states in their defence. Thus, Germany, Canada and Britain are leading nations of the NATO battle group stationed in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia respectively.

But the state of national armed forces in Germany, for example, raises doubts and makes it impossible not only defend the Baltics against Russia, but Germany itself.

It turned out, that Germany itself remains dissatisfied with its combat readiness and minister of defence’s ability to perform her duties. Things are so bad, that the military’s annual readiness report would be kept classified for the first time for “security reasons.”

“Apparently the readiness of the Bundeswehr is so bad that the public should not be allowed to know about it,” said Tobias Lindner, a Greens member who serves on the budget and defense committees.

Inspector General Eberhard Zorn said (https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-arms/germany-not-satisfied-with-readiness-of-submarines-some-aircraft-idUSKBN1QS1G7) the average readiness of the country’s nearly 10,000 weapons systems stood at about 70 percent in 2018, which meant Germany was able to fulfill its military obligations despite increasing responsibilities.

No overall comparison figure was available for 2017, but last year’s report revealed readiness rates of under 50 percent for specific weapons such as the aging CH-53 heavy-lift helicopters and the Tornado fighter jets.

Zorn said this year’s report was more comprehensive and included details on five main weapons systems used by the cyber command, and eight arms critical for NATO’s high readiness task force, which Germany heads this year.

“The overall view allows such concrete conclusions about the current readiness of the Bundeswehr that knowledge by unauthorized individuals would harm the security interests of the Federal Republic of Germany,” he wrote.

Critics are sure of incompetence of the Federal Minister of Defence, Ursula von der Leyen. Though she has occupied the upper echelons of German politics for 14 years now — and shows no sign of success. This mother of seven, gynecologist by profession, by some miracle for a long time has been remaining in power, though has no trust even among German military elites. Despite numerous scandals she tries to manage the Armed Forces as a housewife does and, of course, the results are devastating for German military capabilities. The same statement could be easily apply for the Baltic States, which highly dependent on Germany in military sphere.

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