U.S. Plans Permanent Backing for Armed Factions in Afghanistan

December 15, 2014

Even as U.S. officials attempt to justify the permanent military objective of “preventing the resurgence of the Taliban” in Afghanistan, a new Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) governing U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan is set to go into effect.  

Starting on January 1, the BSA will, along with several other documents, govern the logistics of U.S. military strategy in Afghanistan until 2024. After that deadline it can be re-negotiated.   

The BSA limits permanent U.S. military bases to nine locations across Afghanistan.  Some types of military aircraft may, as in Iraq, be allowed to embark from additional locations not recognized as “bases.”

Pentagon officials widely advertise the possibility of achieving a U.S. troop level of less than five thousand by the end of 2016 and with luck, an even lower number after that.  By the beginning of 2015, the size of the U.S. “footprint” is likely to have been reduced to about 12,500 U.S. troops backed by some 13,000 NATO men completely free of any combat duties under all circumstances, according to NATO. 

The American people are assured by the Pentagon that combat troop surges will only occur when it decides a danger to “the good guys” exists. 

Even at today's combat troop levels, the U.S.-installed faction in Afghanistan controls less than 10% of the country, while the resistance has already seized tens of thousands of units of U.S. supplied military hardware.  

Yet, according to the apologetics of the U.S.-NATO aggressors, there are no “good guys” – and certainly no women – who are participating in the national liberation struggle which is defeating the U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan. 

Only the complete victory of the national liberation struggle of the Afghan people will stop the war, restore the sovereignty of Afghanistan, and put an end to the brutal U.S.-NATO occupation.