UPDATED 8:27 PM PT — Tues. Dec. 4, 2018
The Marine Officer nominated to command U.S. forces in the Middle East tells Congress the fight in Afghanistan is at a Stalemate and the number of deaths of their troops is not sustainable.
Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie warned the Senate Armed Services Committee against withdrawing U.S. troops from the region, as he does not believe Afghan Security Forces are capable of defending their country against the Taliban.
“If we left precipitously right now, I do not believe they would be able to successfully defend their country,” McKenzie said,“They’re fighting hard, but their losses are not going to be sustainable unless we correct this problem.”
The U.S. military has involved itself in the conflict in Afghanistan since 2001. More than 2400 forces have died in the conflict, including 12 this year.
Monday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis called for the international community to help end the fighting, saying 40 years of conflict “is enough.”