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Gen. John Campbell

Afghanistan: Revoking Obama Rules of Engagement Leads to Progress Against Taliban

The expanded military authorization granted by President Barack Obama last month, which allows American troops supporting their Afghan counterparts to offensively target the Taliban rather than waiting for the terrorist group to attack first, is leading to progress on the battlefield, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan told USA Today.

The Afghan Taliban have announced the start of their 'spring offensive', even as the government in Kabul tries to bring the insurgents back to the negotiating table

Report: U.S. Troops Seek Authority to Attack Taliban Again

U.S. military troops are trying to persuade their commander-in-chief, President Barack Obama, to once again grant them the authority to carry out offensive operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan, reports the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

Masked Pakistani pro- Taliban militants who are supporters of Maulana Fazlullah in Pakistan's Swat valley November 2, 2007. REUTERS/SHERIN ZADA KANJU/FILES

U.S. to Deploy 500 Soldiers to Afghan Taliban Stronghold

The U.S. Army, in a sign of military escalation, even as President Obama tries to draw down America’s military footprint, is deploying a battalion of 500 infantrymen to volatile Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold.

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Top U.S. General: ‘I Do Not Have Authority’ to Offensively Attack Taliban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. military, since President Obama declared that American troops had ceased their combat mission at the end of 2014, has only been able to attack the Taliban from a defensive position, the top commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan told lawmakers.

Commander US Forces Afghanistan General John Campbell testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October 8, 2015. US President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologized to Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for a deadly US air strike on an Afghan hospital, as the medical charity demanded …

U.S. Military Gets Green Light to Target Islamic State in Afghanistan

The White House has granted the Pentagon legal authority to take offensive action against the Islamic State (ISIS/IS) branch in Afghanistan called Khorasan Province (ISIL-K), reports The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), citing unnamed senior Obama administration officials.

Reuters

Islamic State Bombs Pakistani Consulate in Afghanistan

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar, which has become the jihadist group’s primary stronghold in the country.

Running from site of clash in Jalalabad AP

U.S. Troops Suspended over Strike on Afghan Hospital

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The blame for the accidental bombing of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in the Afghan city of Kunduz has fallen on some American troops who, as a result, have been suspended from their duties and are under investigation by the military for not following the rules of engagement during the strike, the top commander of U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan told reporters.

The Associated Press