“The 2nd SFAB is a conventional unit with a special mission ready to answer the nation’s call,” US Army Brig. Gen. Donn Hill, who commands the unit, said Thursday in a prepared statement. In total, there are about 800 officers and noncommissioned officers in each security force assistance brigade, the Army Times reported last December. The deployment will start next spring, according to the Army.
“Our partnered security forces successes in the future will define our own,” Hill said.
The officers will advise the Afghan National Security Forces, which are supported by the US government in the nearly 17-year fight against the Taliban, which on Thursday carried out a major attack in southern Afghanistan that killed Afghan Gen. Abdul Raziq. US Defense Secretary James Mattis called the general’s death a “tragic loss of a patriot.”
While US and Afghan forces continue to battle Taliban forces across Afghanistan, Washington allies the United Arab Emirates and qatar reportedly “competed” to host the Taliban’s embassy in their countries, according to the New York Times. The report also exposed the Emiratis’ claim that qatar had aided the Islamist militants by allowing the Taliban to open its first official overseas office in Doha in 2013.