Thursday, July 14, 2016

Top U.S. General In Afghanistan: U.S. Forces Are Now Fighting Against The Afghan Taliban On A Daily Basis

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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).

More News On The Afghan War

US forces in Afghanistan target Taliban ‘almost daily’, says top US commander -- Khaama Press
US Forces Fighting Taliban ‘Almost Daily’ In Afghanistan Under Obama’s New Rules -- Daily Caller
IS radio station destroyed in Afghanistan -- Times of India
US shifts emphasis of new operations against Taliban to eastern Afghanistan -- Washington Post
Carter: US Troop Level in Afghanistan Bolsters Global Counterterrorism Fight -- Department of Defense
U.S. troops in Afghanistan can strike Taliban more easily, Carter says -- Euronews/Reuters
U.S. ground commanders given more freedom in Afghan fight -- CBS/AP
Afghanistan Has No Plans to Renew Peace Talks on Taliban Insurgency -- Newsweek
No plans to revive talks with Taliban, Afghanistan says -- News 24
How a Resurgent Taliban Forced President Obama’s Hand in Afghanistan -- Nikhil Kumar, Time
Obama Gives Afghanistan a Fighting Chance -- Bloomberg editorial

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