U.S. Gen. John Nicholson

Gen. John Nicholson, the top American commander in Afghanistan, speaks to reporters Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Bagram air base north of Kabul, Afghanistan. Nicholson spoke about prospects for peace talks with the Taliban. (AP Photos/Robert Burns)

U.S. Expands Operations to Protect Afghan Capital: ‘We Have a Lot of Work to Do’

The United States has deemed protecting the sprawling Afghan capital of Kabul the “main effort” of an intensified U.S.-backed offensive following a series of high-profile terrorist assaults at the hands of the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), revealed the top commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Approximately 14,000 US troops are now in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon

Top U.S. General: Nearly 14,000 U.S. Troops Now Fighting in Afghanistan

The number of American troops fighting jihadists and training their Afghan counterparts to secure their own country has reached “approximately 14,000,” boosting the overall U.S.-NATO military footprint to more than 20,000, affirmed Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the Director of the Joint Staff (DJS).

FILE - In this March 1, 2017 file photo, an Iraqi soldier inspects a recently-discovered train tunnel, adorned with an Islamic State group flag, that belonged to the former Baghdad to Mosul line, that was turned it to a training camp for IS fighters, in western Mosul, Iraq. Some 40 …

Pentagon Report: Islamic State Degraded in Afghanistan After MOAB Drops

The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan has declined “in size, capability, and ability to hold territory” since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who allowed the U.S. military to drop the largest non-nuclear bomb in its arsenal on the jihadist group, reports the Pentagon.

U.S. soldiers from 5-20 infantry Regiment attached to 82nd Airborne walk while on patrol in Zharay district in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan April 24, 2012. REUTERS/BAZ RATNER

Kabul Supports U.S. Call for More Foreign Troops in Afghanistan

The Kabul government has expressed support for the United States’ call for more foreign troops in Afghanistan as security conditions continue to deteriorate in the war-devastated country, primarily at the hands of the Taliban.