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US resume airstrikes to suppress militants

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The US forces in Afghanistan resumed airstrikes against Taliban insurgents under the new expanded authorities granted by President Barack Obama recently.

Earlier this month, president Obama approved border role for the US military to support the Afghan security forces in fight against Taliban militants.

Officials in Pentagon said that new airstrikes were carried out in the southern parts of Afghanistan following the approval of border role.

“The goal of the strikes, “would be a strategic effect on behalf of the Afghan force that we are enabling,” Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the other day.  “Strikes hit their intended target.”

US officials are in believe that under the new policy the US commander in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, will be able to decide when it is appropriate for US forces to accompany conventional Afghan forces into the field.

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