Pentagon Report Highlights Fight and Talk Strategy in Afghanistan

The United States, Department of Defense (Pentagon) has released the semi annual report “Enhancing Security and Stability in Afghanistan”[Report] which is provided to the US Congress. The Report covers events during the period from Dec. 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019. The Report outlines that the principal goal of the South Asia Strategy is a durable and inclusive settlement to the war in Afghanistan that protects the United States homeland from terrorist attacks. The United States and partners claim to have successfully used military force to drive the Taliban towards a durable and inclusive political settlement.   Thus a, “fight and talk” approach with the Taliban has been identified as the way ahead. On the fight front the US and NATO commander in Afghanistan General Miller’s operational design envisages synchronization of the U.S. counterterrorism (CT) capabilities with increased Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) operations and integrates NATO Resolute Support Mission’s Train, Advise, and Assist (TAA) efforts to the “point of need.”...........................

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