Explaining the Broader Role Approved by President Obama for the US Military in Afghanistan

Explaining the Broader Role Approved by President Obama for the US Military in AfghanistanPresident Obama has approved broader authorities for the U.S. military in Afghanistan that will, on occasion, allow American forces to accompany conventional Afghan troops and possibly allow airstrikes in support of Afghan troops to help them seize a battlefield advantage, U.S. military officials announced late Thursday. Instead, the broadened authorities will be used on a case-by-case basis where U.S. military commanders determine that accompanying Afghan ground troops and providing close air support will proactively help the Afghan military gain a strategic advantage against the resurgent Taliban, the official said.

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