VOA: Taliban Pose 'Almost Daily' Challenge for US Troops in Afghanistan
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, AFGHANISTAN — The top U.S. general in Afghanistan says his forces are using their new authorities—which include airstrikes against the Taliban--"almost daily” in support of the Afghan government's efforts to rid the country of insurgents and terrorists.
Speaking at Bagram Air Field on Tuesday, General John "Mick" Nicholson, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said his troops are now better equipped to help Afghan forces take the offensive against the Taliban, and they have begun to carry out their mission in several areas.
Nicholson spoke to reporters accompanying U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, who made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan. In Kabul earlier Tuesday, Carter said the expanded authority that President Barack Obama granted to U.S. forces last month allows "much more efficient use and effective use" of both American and Afghan forces.
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WNU Editor: The Taliban are not impressed with this U.S. involvement .... Taliban: New US Military Plans Will Not Deter Its Campaign (VOA).
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