Commander: More US Trainers Heading To Afghanistan

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. general in charge of training in Afghanistan says the number of American military trainers there will increase by 800 by next March

That's a nearly 45 percent jump.

Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, commander of NATO's training mission in Afghanistan, told Pentagon reporters Monday that even as the number of combat troops begins to drop, more trainers are needed.

He says the additional trainers will help the Afghans develop specialized skills in maintenance, logistics and medical systems -- things they now need the U.S. to do for them.

There are 1,800 international trainers there now.

Caldwell says just two Afghan battalions can operate independently now, but still rely on coalition forces for medical evacuation, logistics and intelligence support. He says another 124 Afghan battalions can operate with minimal support.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 27, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    Our troops are never "coming home." If people would stop believing the "helping other countries" lie and accept that our troops are just instruments of world government we'd be better off. Ever notice how our involvements never end. It's big business and it has NOTHING to do with your freedom OR safety.
  • by Bill Location: CS-Skyway on Sep 26, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    How tragic ! So much for bringing home our troops. This is bullsh*t. These 3rd world countries will revert to tribal war-all of them as soon as we pull out. It will NEVER change. You can bet Iran has war plans prepared to invade Iraq as soon as we get out. In 10,20, 50 or 100 years.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 at 12:49 PM
    Won't we need some of these trainers to train the trainers we will need for the Pakistan invasion?
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