US Hits Afghan Taliban With First Strikes Under New Authorities

US Hits Afghan Taliban With First Strikes Under New Authorities The U.S. military has launched its first airstrikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan since President Barack Obama expanded the authorities under which U.S. troops can attack the insurgents. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook confirmed Friday that the strikes were carried out in the “southern portion of Afghanistan” under the new authorities. He said the strikes hit their intended target, though he would not elaborate. “The goal,” Cook said of the strikes, “would be a strategic effect on behalf of the Afghan forces that we are enabling.” This month, Obama expanded U.S. military involvement in the war-torn country to allow more airstrikes against the Taliban, as long as those strikes ca...
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