In what many will perceive as a sign of desperation, the US is deploying a small number of M1-A1 Abrams tanks to Afghanistan, for the first time. The tanks will initially be deployed to the northern part of Helmand province
Of course, the usual talking heads have the usual glib explanations for why, even going so far as to use the phrase "shock and awe", which will bring a cringe from anyone old enough to remember 2003.
According to an article in the Washington Post, this is another great idea from the right-wing loonies at the Rand Corporation, who have somehow imagined that using heavy armor in a counter-insurgency is just a wonderful idea. Somewhere in Russia, a few old former-soviet officers are laughing their asses off.