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Afghanistan Hails Report of C.I.A. Expanding Covert Operations to Kill Taliban

(Last Updated On: October 23, 2017 5:37 pm)

The C.I.A. is deploying small teams of highly experienced officers and contractors alongside Afghan forces to target Taliban militants across Afghanistan, according to two senior American officials who spoke to the New York Times.

The report claims that this is a part of the Trump administration counterterrorism efforts to force the Taliban insurgent group to join peace talks with the Kabul government.

Afghan defense ministry hails the move, saying more support is needed for Afghan soldiers and intelligence forces.

“Beside putting more pressures on Pakistan, [The U.S. and its allies] must bring heavy pressures over the terrorist groups in Afghanistan as well. It means that our army, our commando units and our intelligence units must be supported in order to eliminate the terrorist groups,”

Abdul Hai Akhundzada who is deputy of the parliament internal security commission told Ariana News,” If Taliban’s leaders or senior commanders targeted, the insurgent group will be defeated.”

The U.S. forces and Resolute Support (RS) commander, General John Nicholson, has promised during his visit to Kandahar province that the Taliban and other insurgent groups will be suppressed during the winter season by Afghan forces which will supported by the NATO personnel.

The report comes as the insurgent groups have intensified their offensive attacks on military basis and religious places across Afghanistan, killing and wounding at least 500 people only in the last one week.

By Farshad Saleh & Hesamuddin Hesam

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