Closed captioning of: U.S. pulls back in Afghanistan
four people are dead after unidentified gunmen in northwest pakistan attacked and torched about a dozen nato
today. the tankers were carrying fuel supplies to u.s. and
after nearly ten years of fighting in afghanistan, the u.s. is beginning to pull troops back from a region once considered essential to defeating the
. at least 103
have died ? in or near the pesh valley according to the "new york times". the u.s. is shifting those troops to more populated areas as part avenue phase in the war. i'm joined by retired
and msnbc military analyst barry mccaffery. when i saw this i was surprised. i mean this is an area that was once considered so essential to the u.s. now they are saying we don't have the troops to do it. what's your analysis of this?
well this is a continuation of general mcchrystal's notion we would put the
back in populated areas and essentially leave the
out froin the frontiers. chris, we're on a timeline to get out of pakistan politically. that's what's driving this. the
which has been out there in stiff combat, we had hundreds killed and wounded in combat over the last several years. they are now under the gun to build an
and to get out of there.
because one interpretation, as you know, general, is that essentially we can't beat the
i think the argument in the valleys and other places the
can't dominate the area either. the pech valley, you'll see a different group. chris this is painful. there's a good argument that the afghan should be protecting
and u.s. combat units should be fighting high intensity battles out in the frontier region. i think the casualties are becoming unacceptable. we're losing a company a month killed or wounded. the political timeline now says
. so the real impetus, the struggle is build an
that can survive on its own. we had an afghan ? deputy commander say there's no way we're going table to stay in the pech valley if the americans leave.
yesterday, a lot of warrants were being served and they were able to round up dozens of suspects in the u.s. tied to mexican
, but a houston
was shot while he was serving one much those warrants. fortunately he survived although he was shot in the back and the elbow. give me your take on where we are with this. we report opened this extensively on this program and it seems like this
more and more is coverage the border.
no question. glad you made that point. we rounded up more than 450 suspects. this is going multinational operation, columbia, brazil, mexico. the mexicans are cooperating fully. we just lost an agent murdered and his colleague badly wounded. they had diplomatic plates and
. that was a deliberate murder of our agent. we should understand that the mexican
are the dominant
in over 200
. thank god for the dea, the federal marshall service, the fbi and others that are starting to push back with increased effectiveness.
general, it's always good to see you, sir. have a good weekend.