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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Obama's war In Afghanistan will last decades

I thought Barack Obama said we were getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan? Well, tell that to the families of soldiers killed by bomb blasts for drug war in Afghanistan. This war is costing us big time.

With US military deaths in Afghanistan region at 657 I guess Afghanistan will be Obamas War and it will probably last decades.

Fearing Another Quagmire in Afghanistan

OK, Don't hate. You know I'm telling the truth. The fact of the matter is President Obama has already placed his stamp on Afghan War sending thousands of more US troops into the devils workshop. Now as Obama turns his focus to the War "on" the Afghanistan people we learn four more U.S. Marines were killed in southern Afghanistan, where thousands of American troops have deployed in recent weeks as part of an offensive in the country's dangerous drug-producing region, an official said Sunday. This, as Americans become more and more wary about war in Afghanistan.

As reported by Associated Press, four Marines died Saturday in Helmand province, where about 4,000 troops this month launched the largest Marine operation in Afghanistan since 2001. U.S. forces have met little resistance but face the danger of roadside bombs everywhere they travel. A fifth U.S. service member wounded in June died of wounds in the U.S. on Friday, said Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, who confirmed the deaths of the four Marines. The four killed Saturday were initially identified as Army soldiers.

As reported by Associated Press writers Amir Shah in Kabul and Noor Khan in Kandahar noted, Obama ordered 21,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan earlier this year to help quell an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency. Some 10,000 Marines and 4,000 soldiers from the Stryker Brigade — the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division based in Fort Lewis, Washington — are deploying in the south, the Taliban's spiritual birthplace and stronghold.

The troops are expected to help provide security for the country's August presidential election and help train army and police units who U.S. officials hope can one day provide security for the country.

As reported by US News and World Report last year, there is another near-record opium harvest in Afghanistan last year, the United Nations says that cultivation of cannabis, or marijuana, is also on the rise. Afghanistan was already one of the world's leading marijuana producers, and farmers in 2007 are estimated to have expanded their cannabis crops by almost 30 percent over 2006.

In its latest report, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime warns that even more marijuana will likely be grown in 2008. Meanwhile, the opium news remains grim. While opium production in 2008 might decline slightly from 2007's records levels, the output continues to rise steeply in the southern provinces, which account for 69 percent of the country's total crop. Most of the heroin made from Afghanistan's opium poppies eventually makes it way to Europe, though it is also fueling a rise in heroin addiction—and drug money—in neighboring Pakistan. Heroin trafficking is a major source of money for the insurgent Taliban forces in Afghanistan.
Oh well, who cares... most of us know the Afghan war was a 'mistake'...

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