With American troops still serving in Afghanistan — it’ll be 17 years in October — and a beleaguered Afghan National Army facing a resurgent Taliban and nascent ISIS threat, President Donald Trump wants a plan. While much of the decision-making appears to be in Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ hands, the commander in chief isn’t just looking to his generals and top advisors for input. Trump wants to hear “from people on the ground," according to the Associated Press.
Training can only teach you so much. There are certain things that you can’t understand unless you’ve lived it. Surviving a firefight is one of those things. The tension is high, and adrenaline fuels your every move. Every moment is life and death as grenades fly and bullets whistle past your ears.
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