Former US interpreter: US is losing war in Afghanistan

A former translator for United States forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday the U.S. is not winning the war in Afghanistan 

Saber Rock appeared Tuesday morning on “Rising” on Hill TV, where he accused the Afghanistan government of “censoring the facts” about the war to the U.S. He encouraged the U.S. to “stop supporting the fraud government of Afghanistan.” 

He added that the U.S. has remained loyal to one particular group in its 17-year war on the Taliban. However, he encouraged U.S. forces to align with a coalition of tribes, including Tajik, Uzbeks and Hazara, that are fighting the Taliban.

“You will not be successful in Afghanistan unless you support people of Afghanistan. Not the government,” he said.

The U.S. has been involved in Afghanistan since shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, making it one of the longest-running U.S. wars in history.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE announced a new strategy last summer that included bolstering U.S. forces in Afghanistan by a few thousand to help end a stalemate, bringing the U.S. troop presence to about 14,000.

Trump’s strategy also took away a timeline for withdrawal, saying it would be based on the conditions on the ground.

There have been a series of high-profile Taliban attacks recently, including when the group briefly overran the capital of Farah province before U.S. fighter jets drove them out. That followed a twin suicide bombing in Kabul last month that killed dozens, including 10 journalists.

— Brett Samuels