Bush Escalates Afghan War

September 16, 2003

The Bush administration is preparing to dramatically escalate its counter-insurgency war in Afghanistan.

For one thing, the Pentagon plans to extend direct U.S. military operations outside of Kabul, sending new American army units to 3 cities and a British unit to a fourth.

In addition, the U.S. will increase military aid to its puppet Afghan government by as much as $1 billion, including funds to double the size of the Afghan puppet army to 10,000. The U.S. is also planning to set up police training centers in 8 cities with the goal of producing 19,000 more national police by next spring.

Since invading Afghanistan in 2001, the U.S. has faced a growing war of resistance. The U.S.-installed Afghan administration has virtually no control outside of Kabul and its soldiers, as well as U.S. troops, are coming under increasing attacks. Currently the Bush administration spends about $2 billion/year to maintain its military occupation of the country.