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U.S. support for Afghan forces could be ‘game-changer’: US top commander

(Last Updated On: July 17, 2016)

iiU.S. President’s decision to allow more aggressive U.S. military action in support of Afghan combat operations against the Taliban could have a game-changing effect on the war, Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said Saturday.

“Armies win on the offense,” he said emphasizing that Afghan army have to be aggressive for pursing the Taliban once they lose the control of an area.

“The ability to help the Afghan security forces when they are on the offense is really where we want to be, because when they have the initiative, when they are on the offense, when they are taking the fight to the enemy, that’s how they’re going to be successful,” Nicholson added.

Nicholson also said enough Afghan offensive can break the Taliban’s belief that they can prevail and will compel them to reconcile with the government of Afghanistan.

At the same time, Afghan officials claim they have changed tactics against the Taliban and other terrorist groups and there is an increased cooperation between the Afghan forces and their foreign allies.

“For a premature end of violence in Afghanistan, terrorists roots must be targeted and this is what we have always emphasized,” Dawlat Waziri, the Afghan Ministry of Defense spokesman said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Sediq Sediqi, the Afghan Ministry of Interior spokesman also emphasized that our forces are acting aggressively and we are working in a ‘close-cooperation’ with the U.S. forces to target the terrorists.

The U.S. forces military role seems to be increased after President Obama announced that he will keep 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan until the end of his term.

Reported by: Fawad Naseri

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