Spring is begun in Afghanistan.
Another fighting season has started and the news is grim.
I'm not talking about the MOAB; that non-story that somehow grabbed headlines for days.
Less was said by the serious defeat suffered by the Afghan Army in the north a few days ago. Similarly, no one wants to talk about the resignation of the highest Afghan military officials as a result.
Very little has been said, as well, about the record casualties that the Afghan Army suffered last year, not to mention the civilian casualties.
Add to this shit sandwich, the hundreds of thousands of refugees that Pakistan and pushing back into Afghanistan, and you have what looks like a very grim stretch of months for the Afghan government.
The Marines are returning to Helmand. ISIS is spreading in the eastern provinces and approaching the war with a bloodlust that has become typical for the outfit. The Afghan government remains a completely dysfunctional mess.
The questions that will be faced is how bad will it get and how much can and will the US commit in order to keep our allies from breaking like the Iraqis did in 2014?