Even as the White House is readying its exit from Afghanistan, there is still the urgent need to build the Afghan security forces. Involved in that task are ISAF trainers. Now with the withdrawal plan accelerated, NATO will need more:
Marine Gen. John R. Allen, who took command in Afghanistan last summer, wants 1,700 more military personnel — mid-level officers and senior enlisted troops leading hundreds of new advisor teams to be assigned beginning next year to Afghan units battling the Taliban insurgency, the officials said.
A similar approach worked in Iraq in 2007 and 2008. Hopefully there will be similar success here, but the situation is even more complicated.