WASHINGTON – A U.S. general has quietly returned to Washington to brief the White House about a Taliban surge threatening the survival of the U.S.-backed government in Afghanistan as a result of the withdrawal of U.S. troops, especially from strategic Helmand province, a U.S. military intelligence source in Afghanistan told Joseph Farah’s G2Bulletin.
Army Gen. John F. Campbell rushed back to Washington this week without publicity to warn the White House that the Taliban is on the verge of taking over the entire Helmand province, the source said.
“I guess somebody’s getting frustrated that we’re over here just spinning our wheels,” the military intelligence source said. “The Taliban planned with our withdrawal to take Helmand, and if they did, it was to be the death blow of the GIROA,” the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
The source said the only U.S. troops who appear to be “doing anything” are Special Operations Forces. But some of their camps may be shut down shortly, which would allow the Taliban to fill the vacuum and begin surrounding Kabul itself.
In pulling back, the source said Afghans who have worked for the Americans could be in jeopardy.
“The command philosophy is ‘kill ’em,’ so we’re going to be busy for the next little while reducing the target lists,” he said. “The negative side of that is that it’s going to be a bad time to work for Uncle Sam if you’re a native.”
Afghan security forces were able to repel an immediate attack but “held on by their fingernails and had a Pyrrhic victory of sorts,” the source said.
The source raised doubts that Afghan security forces would be able to hold the province without U.S. assistance, which is being cut back on a regular basis and “retrograding towards Kabul.”
“Just watch it implode from there,” the source said. “We’re planning on pulling in, shutting a couple (Special Forces) camps down by December,” he said.
He pointed out that mostly U.S. Special Forces are rotating in and out for a “short tour” and that their mission at this point is “basically killing (Taliban) if it talks on a phone.”