Officials: White House OKs expanded Afghanistan airstrikes

FILE - In this May 25, 2016, file photo, an Afghan man reads a local newspaper with photos the former leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan. A senior U.S. defense official says the administration is moving toward a decision to expand the military's authority to conduct airstrikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan. The official says a final decision has not been made. But there is a broad desire to give the military greater ability to help the Afghan forces. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of debate, the White House has approved plans to expand the military’s authority to conduct airstrikes against the Taliban when necessary, as the violence in Afghanistan escalates, senior U.S. and defense officials said Thursday.

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