There Are Between 24,000 And 27,000 Taliban Forces
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked Gen. McChrystal about the size of the Taliban; McChrystal answered: “Our estimate is 24,000 and 27,000 full-time fighters,” plus additional “part-time” fighters. Their biggest impact is in the south, he added, where Taliban influence has “a significant impact on way everyone lives.” Everyone.
Why? Graham wanted to know how it got this bad. “There weren’t that many coalition forces or Afghan security forces,” McChrystal responded. “I would put that with weakness” of Afghan security forces’ performance and “governance” being poor. Graham might have mentioned a little thing called the Iraq War, which he supported.