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After 2 years, US jets pound Taliban in eastern Afghanistan

After 2 years, US jets pound Taliban in eastern Afghanistan

Jun 25, 2016 - 15:55

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): For the first time after the approval of a broader role for US forces in Afghanistaninfo-icon, US troops have conducted airstrikes against the Talibaninfo-icon in the east

Pentagon Spokesman Peter Cock said the air raids had been conducted on target in eastern Afghanistan after a two-year break. He would not give the exact location of the strikes and the number of the Taliban killed.

On June 11, President Barack Obama gave the go-ahead to a broader role for American troops to help Afghan forces effectively conduct anti-terrorism operations in the country.

In 2014, the US combat mission in Afghanistan came to an end, but theAmerican military personnel reserve the right to hit terrorist positions where they were fired from.

According to Cock, the US air raids would be beneficial for the Afghan security forces. Currently, 9,800 US troops are stationed in Afghanistan but the number will fall to 5,500 at the end of this year.



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