On Tuesday, the United Kingdom deployed a group of military personnel to the southern Afghan province of Helmand, where Afghan government forces recently suffered a defeat to the Taliban. The UK Ministry of Defense has stated that the personnel will train local security forces.
"The major burden for combating the Taliban will continue to fall on the Afghan army and police. US and other international forces will remain in Afghanistan in small numbers to provide advice and assistance. The Afghan army is likely to prevail in Sangine, as it did in Kunduz, but only after serious fighting," Dobbins, who also was the US ambassador to the European Union, and is now Distinguished Chair in Diplomacy and Security at the RAND Corporation, said.
The Taliban has recently stepped up its offensive in Afghanistan, seizing entire regions and killing national and foreign personnel. Military casualties had reached 4,000 by August this year, according to Pentagon estimates.
The US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan formally ended its 13-year International Security Assistance Force combat operations on December 31, 2014.
The foreign presence transitioned to a non-combat Resolute Support Mission, with nearly 13,000 foreign training and advice personnel deployed in the country this year.