The Trump administration has revamped U.S. military strategy against the Taliban and ISIS in Afghanistan, reversing the Obama administration’s policy prohibiting offensive strikes.
U.S. and Afghan forces have conducted more than two-dozen joint airstrikes against opium production facilities in Afghanistan under a new campaign to target Taliban financing, the top U.S. general in the country said Monday.
President Donald Trump called the decision not to give prison time to Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a “complete and total disgrace” in a tweet on Friday.
Afghanistan’s first lady, Rula Ghani, acknowledged Monday the government still has work to do to better provide access to education for school-aged girls, particularly given the lack of female teachers and basic facilities in schools like toilets.
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.) hailed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as an “American hero” when he returned to the U.S. as part of a controversial prisoner swap in 2014, but on Monday, Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy when he walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009.
Despite “huge costs” and a stalemate after 16 years of war in Afghanistan, the commander in charge of troops there says he favors the Trump administration’s new strategy of seeking peace talks with the radical Islamic Taliban.
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after he abandoned his Afghanistan post and spent half a decade under Taliban captivity, according to two individuals who have knowledge of the case.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday the Pentagon’s new strategy on Afghanistan will bring U.S. troops closer to the front lines to fight alongside government forces in an effort to force the Taliban into peace negotiations.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the rocket attack Wednesday that struck an airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, and said the target was Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Defense Secretary James Mattis announced Thursday that he has signed orders to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan as part of the new military strategy President Donald Trump outlined last week.