US boots are officially on the ground and fighting the Taliban near Kunduz, Afghanistan:
Special forces from the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan fought Taliban militants early Wednesday after being dispatched to the northern city of Kunduz to help Afghan forces re-take it from insurgents who seized it earlier this week, a coalition spokesman said.
The forces were on a mission near Kunduz airport where hundreds of Afghan forces based themselves after retreating from the city, the spokesman told the Reuters news agency.
And note this:
Some coalition troops assigned to conventional military units are also in Kunduz to support the Afghan army.
You can bet your ass that those conventional forces at a minimum are providing transportation and logistics support, the kind of support that might have kept the Iraqi army together if Obama had not so foolishly tossed away the hard fought victory in Iraq.
I read last week that the Pentagon will be laying out the options for American/Coalition involvement in Afghanistan going forward. They supposedly will range from indefinitely delaying any further drawdown of support to essentially leaving Afghanistan by the beginning of 2017 as planned. There is no doubt in my mind that if we fail to keep a significant support capability in Afghanistan until the ANSF can support themselves in the field, which could take years more, the country will quickly revert to the chaos of the 1990s.