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US has been reducing troop strength in Afghanistan
« on: October 22, 2019, 09:42:30 AM »
US has been reducing troop strength in Afghanistan, commander says


KABUL — The United States has reduced its troop strength in Afghanistan over the past year, the commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan announced Monday, despite the abrupt end last month of peace talks with the Taliban that centered on a draw-down of American troops.

"Unbeknownst to the public as part of our optimization . . . we reduced our authorized strength by 2,000 here," Gen. Austin "Scott" Miller said at a news conference in Kabul, alongside Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who is visiting Afghanistan for the first time since he took office.

There are around 13,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to a U.S. military spokesman in Kabul, Army Col. Sonny Leggett. When Miller took command in Afghanistan last year, troop levels were at 15,000.

Much of the reduction came from U.S. command headquarters in Kabul, Leggett said.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly pledged to bring U.S. troops home from "endless wars" abroad. In a draft of a peace deal reached between U.S. and Taliban negotiators, the Trump administration said it was prepared to reduce the number of American troops to 8,600.

Leggett said the reduction was "an aggregate drop since General Miller took command" and not part of the drawdown to 8,600 American troops.


https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/us-has-been-reducing-troop-strength-in-afghanistan-commander-says-1.603993

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Re: US has been reducing troop strength in Afghanistan
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2019, 09:55:15 AM »
Eventually the Taliban will take over again.  All those lives wasted.

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Re: US has been reducing troop strength in Afghanistan
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2019, 10:33:35 AM »
Eventually the Taliban will take over again.  All those lives wasted.

Wrong.

We should have never taken the Taliban down.  We should have gotten them to help us find Bin Laden.  Then gotten the hell out.

When the Taliban retake the country, the opioid epidemic will disappear.
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Re: US has been reducing troop strength in Afghanistan
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2019, 11:15:59 AM »
Common Opioids

The majority of addictions to opioids does not stem from hard and illicit drugs such as heroin. Rather, most begin their addiction to opioids in the form of prescriptive opioids legally prescribed for pain.

Synthetic and semi-synthetic opioids include methadone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, and oxymorphone. Examples of legal natural opioids are morphine and codeine.

https://www.georgetownbehavioral.com/node/2013

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Re: US has been reducing troop strength in Afghanistan
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2019, 11:26:54 AM »
Y forgot the Mexican cartel and South America.

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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2019, 11:51:11 AM »
Y forgot the Mexican cartel and South America.

You forgot why Blacks stopped using heroin.
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Re: US has been reducing troop strength in Afghanistan
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2019, 12:05:26 PM »
Y forgot the Mexican cartel and South America.

You forgot why Blacks stopped using heroin.

Please explain how your last comment is relevant to your assertion that the if the Taliban gains control, opioid epidemic would end.

I'm asserting that most that the opioid addiction is mostly caused by prescription pain killers, and synthetic drugs.

Ken is asserting that a significant amount of heroin comes from South American and Mexico.

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Re: US has been reducing troop strength in Afghanistan
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2019, 02:06:43 PM »
He had no answer so he tried to deflect by changing the subject.

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Re: US has been reducing troop strength in Afghanistan
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2019, 02:06:54 PM »
Y forgot the Mexican cartel and South America.

You forgot why Blacks stopped using heroin.

Please explain how your last comment is relevant to your assertion that the if the Taliban gains control, opioid epidemic would end.

I'm asserting that most that the opioid addiction is mostly caused by prescription pain killers, and synthetic drugs.

Ken is asserting that a significant amount of heroin comes from South American and Mexico.

They would shutdown the poppy fields.  The price of heroin would go up. Thus making it unaffordable. 

People getting hooked on prescription drugs is not new. Ask Rush Limbaugh.  There was no opioid problem until after The Taliban fell.  Look up the price of heroin before 9/11. Look up the price now. 

It's Bush's fault. The drug cartels get their drugs from somewhere.  They don't have poppy fields in the open in Mexico.   They do in Afghanistan. 
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Re: US has been reducing troop strength in Afghanistan
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2019, 02:16:22 PM »
Y forgot the Mexican cartel and South America.

You forgot why Blacks stopped using heroin.

Please explain how your last comment is relevant to your assertion that the if the Taliban gains control, opioid epidemic would end.

I'm asserting that most that the opioid addiction is mostly caused by prescription pain killers, and synthetic drugs.

Ken is asserting that a significant amount of heroin comes from South American and Mexico.

They would shutdown the poppy fields.  The price of heroin would go up. Thus making it unaffordable. 

People getting hooked on prescription drugs is not new. Ask Rush Limbaugh.  There was no opioid problem until after The Taliban fell.  Look up the price of heroin before 9/11. Look up the price now. 

It's Bush's fault. The drug cartels get their drugs from somewhere.  They don't have poppy fields in the open in Mexico.   They do in Afghanistan.

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Re: US has been reducing troop strength in Afghanistan
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2019, 03:02:52 PM »
They found a 500 million  dollar poppy field in Claremont, North Carolina-- right under Y's nose- no pun intended.

 

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