Washington D.c. -
As part of realistic training exercises for 1,200 US special forces members, operations will be launched in seven southwestern states and 17 cities. In some operations, the forces will be ordered to operate "undetected" among the civilian population.
Houthi fighters along with troops loyal to former president Saleh have taken control of the airport at the southern city of Taiz and also parts of the city, setting up checkpoints at entrance points. Taiz is the third largest city in Yemen.
Increases in the number of U.S. troops has always been accompanied by claims that they are advisers or defenders of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and U.S. interests in the area. However, now troops have been sent north to Iraqi Kurdistan.
The U.S. has sent a few military advisers to Somalia to bolster the African Union force. The deployment is the first of U.S troops to Somalia since 1993 when two Black Hawk helicopters were shot down and 18 U.S troops killed in the capital Mogadishu.
The US Army's Criminal Investigation Command(CID) has started a criminal probe into allegations that US troops were involved in killing civilians in Wardak province in Afghanistan during the period from November 2012 to February 2013.
While combat troops have been withdrawn from Iraq, and the Afghan war now involves less US troops all the time, the US is still involved in either fighting or helping some struggle thought to be useful in the "war on terror" in numerous countries.
As the war winds down in Afghanistan, there are similarities with the Soviet withdrawal in 1979. While politicians and military brass emphasize the defeat of the Taliban and the ability of Afghan Security Forces. This defies the reality of Afghanistan.
Karzai had ordered all US special forces out of Wardak province within two weeks on February 24th. Now more than three weeks later, an agreement has been reached but only to withdraw from one district of the province.
Hundreds of residents from Wardak province came to Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, to protest in front of the parliament, demanding that Karzai enforce his order that US Special Forces pull out of the province.
NATO claims of progress in Afghanistan were buttressed with false figures showing that Taliban attacks were decreasing. Pentagon officials blamed the Afghan military for what they call a "clerical error".
Accusing US Special Ops of furthering insecurity and instability, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered that these forces leave Maidan Wardak within two weeks. Karzai has often complained of the number of civilian casualties attributed Allied forces.
Eric Olson former chief of the U.S. Special Operations Forces worries that the highly trained forces may be overused or misused. The forces have been used successfully in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as killing Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.
U.S. special forces, in collaboration with Central African Republic troops and Ugandan soldiers, have intensified search for LRA leader Joseph Kony, believed to be hiding somewhere deep in the forest of the Central African Republic, north of Obo.