In the first real test of whether or not Afghan security forces would be able to keep the Taliban at bay, they achieved victory. It is the start of the fighting season in the country and the first time that United States forces were not there to support them.
At least for now, it appears that they don’t need the help.
There are still US troops in Afghanistan, but they are there for backup only. NATO has another 5,000 there as well.
According to BusinessWeek:
The 350,000-strong Afghan National Security Forces, made up mostly of the army and police, assumed responsibility for security in June, freeing the foreign forces to focus on training. In so doing, it took the lead against an insurgency that had promised to recapture territory it has lost in the 12 years since the U.S.-led invasion.
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