U.S. Special Forces to offset troop withdrawal in Afghanistan.

U.S. military leaders are working to replace some of the…

U.S. military leaders are working to replace some of the exiting American conventional forces from Afghanistan with a “mini-surge” of U.S. Special Forces, a measure to soothe commanders’ fears that the withdrawal of troops might put at risk military gains, according to The Times out of Australia.

Military sources told The Times that 16 special operations personnel are considered to be worth the equivalent of 100 conventional troops.

In June, President Obama announced plans to withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year. The remainder of the surge troops, about 23,000, would be withdrawn in 2012, leaving about 70,000 troops in Afghanistan until 2014.

Defense analysts have said of late that the reduction of conventional troops likely will place a heavier burden on clandestine units, such as SEALs, and Army Rangers and Green Berets.

The Times reports there are more than 7,000 U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan and about 3,000 in Iraq, with many of the latter expected to be moved to Afghanistan.

Source: Inteldaily

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  • Victor

    I agree with Mike. Just returned from a tour in Afghanistan serving as an advisor. These savages still have a lot of fight left in them.

  • Mike

    If you read the three “Six Silent Men” books, we did the same thing towards the tail end of the Vietnam War. The LRRPs were sent on missions they were not qualified for and could not possibly succeed in, but it had become unacceptable to risk larger numbers of troops when the US population was obsessing over nightly casualty reports.

    Men who had survived years of risky missions were sacrificed on the alter of political expediency as we withdrew, because it was more palatable to lose 16 men than 100. I hope history doesn’t repeat itself, in my opinion our best boys’ lives aren’t worth a couple of popularity percentage points in the latest presidential approval poll.