The New York Times reported today that it will last about two months, part of a shift of Western forces to the province’s more populated areas. Afghan units will remain in the valley, a test of their military readiness.”
The Times claims that “at least 103 American soldiers have died in or near the valley’s maze of steep gullies and soaring peaks . . . and many times more have been wounded, often severely. Military officials say they are sensitive to those ... Continue Reading →
Soldiers For The Truth has become Stand For The Troops. Our new name reflects exactly what we do on behalf of all concerned Americans—stand for the troops—and more specifically, stand for our frontline troops, our young heroes who stand tall for us and our country out at the tip of the spear.
Our mission remains the same: to ensure that America’s frontline troops get the best available personal combat gear and protective equipment, including body armor and helmets. In fact, the military ... Continue Reading →
The SFTT news team has been reporting IED lethal effects, propensity/increase of attacks, lack of effective equipment/tactics, and the claims of denial by JIEDDO since early 2010. In fact, LTG Oates, Commander JIEDDO, predicted this past summer that by winter, IED attacks (and effects) would be marginal. What the cold hard facts tell us is that in 2010, the number of troops killed by ... Continue Reading →
Ever since Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, US Army Chief of Staff General William Westmoreland and his Asst. Chief of Staff for Intelligence when big chunks of the wall began to be knocked down as East German border guards walked off the job.
What is to make of the latest Defense Department report which points to increased success by the Taliban and Al Qaeda against NATO troops serving in ... Continue Reading →
Clearly the US military, and especially our infantry-centric units, are on the “margins” when only one brigade combat team has been able to break away from COIN focused training this past decade and conduct full-spectrum operations type training necessary to maintain current and future US strategic interests. Further, the capability to conduct forcible entry operations has atrophied and “takes practice, and we don’t get a ... Continue Reading →
To command soldiers in combat is a privilege, one that this young infantry company commander relishes. To be clear, life and death decisions weigh more heavily on rifle company commanders than any other combat line officer because of the nature of command and control that battlefield tactics require. Rifle companies are organized by three-to-four platoons and operate exclusively at the whim of his command. Often these companies are assigned large swaths ... Continue Reading →
Six American soldiers were killed and more than a dozen American and Afghan troops were wounded on Sunday morning when a van packed with explosives was detonated at a new jointly operated outpost in southern Afghanistan.
The soldiers were inside a small mud-walled building near the village of Sangsar, north of the Arghandab River, when the bomber drove up to one of the walls and exploded his charge around 9 ... Continue Reading →
Gates declares Afghan war strategy is working
Now it’s all good in Afghanistan. The strategy is working. The goal to hand over the keys to the Afghans in 2014 can be met. The security climate is improving while Regional Command-East, South, and South-west remain in a constant kinetic posture. And you can eat chicken in Marja!
Good data provided by the Danger Room on IED’s. Sadly, a new record was set this ... Continue Reading →
The overall commander on the ground in Afghanistan is saying one thing on the lack of overall progress of the war, while the commander-in-chief and Pentagon officials trumpet a “more optimistic message”. But the tactical and operational commanders on the ground are telling the blunt truth on the situation. Grunts don’t like mixed messages, which is what they are getting. Grunts especially don’t like when senior commanders hedge when ... Continue Reading →
Let’s be frank about why a company of M1 Abrams tanks are being added to the fight in Helmand province – because of their survivability and the firepower they bring to the fight against the current threat in Helmand (i.e. IED’s that disrupt lines of communications, concentrated enemy positions supported by complex IED/minefields, lack of local support). The reality on the ground is that in order to ... Continue Reading →