The Taliban have “retaken” Waigal District of Nuristan, whose capital is Want, which saw a large scale assault on a small, isolated U.S. base 18 months ago. This not the big deal it might appear to be: control of the districts in Nuristan routinely switch back and forth between the ANSF and the insurgency. The troubled eastern Nuristan district of Bargimatal faces a similar problem—and again, nearby is the troubled area of Kamdesh, which also saw a large scale assault on a small U.S. base. This is definitely a place we want the Afghans taking care of, because it will tell us how sustainable any of our security frameworks will be in other troubled areas (even if, for now, it means the border is wide open and, as some friends in the area have told me, there is a growing LeT presence).
Laura King wants us to know that this Spring is going to be a major turning point in the war. You can read the article yourself, but let’s just call that piece what it really is: a paint-by-the-numbers article containing predictable stock quotes from the usual assortment of meaning-free sources. It literally says nothing new about the conflict.