Two years ago, the U.S. began accelerating its efforts to train the Afghan army to take over fighting insurgents in Afghanistan. The result? Not one battalion can operate alone without help from the U.S. or other allies, Wired's Spencer Ackerman reports.
Out of approximately 180 Afghan National Army battalions, only two operate "independently." Except that "independently," in Caldwell's National Training Mission-Afghanistan command, means something different than "independently" does in the States.Those two "independent" battalions still require U.S. support for their maintenance, logistics and medical systems, Caldwell admitted when Pentagon reporters pressed him on Monday morning.