No changes in U.S. forces operations in Afghanistan: U.S. military

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The U.S. military in Afghanistan has rejected the reports suggesting that the U.S. forces have drawn back operations against the militant groups in the country.


The Newsweek magazine earlier reported that the U.S.-led operations against Taliban in Afghanistan have significantly reduced or halted as the Pentagon continues to plan for a potential withdrawal of thousands of U.S. forces from its longest conflict ever.

The magazine also reported that it has learnt from senior Pentagon officials that U.S. personnel have been ordered to limit nearly all offensive combat operations against the Taliban and cease advising the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces as the Trump administration proposes cutting U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan by nearly half to 6,000 as a means of finalizing “technical” details among Taliban leadership.

However, Col. Sonny Leggett, the USFOR-A spokesman, said “This article is inaccurate and speculative, citing unnamed sources who are likely as far from the subject as they are from Afghanistan itself.”

Col. Leggett further added “The characterizations of changes to our authorities and operations have no basis in fact. We have no such orders and have made no such changes.”



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No changes in U.S. forces operations in Afghanistan: U.S. military

2019/08/videostill_2048x-1565682883.jpg
Read: 427     13:29     13 August 2019    

The U.S. military in Afghanistan has rejected the reports suggesting that the U.S. forces have drawn back operations against the militant groups in the country.


The Newsweek magazine earlier reported that the U.S.-led operations against Taliban in Afghanistan have significantly reduced or halted as the Pentagon continues to plan for a potential withdrawal of thousands of U.S. forces from its longest conflict ever.

The magazine also reported that it has learnt from senior Pentagon officials that U.S. personnel have been ordered to limit nearly all offensive combat operations against the Taliban and cease advising the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces as the Trump administration proposes cutting U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan by nearly half to 6,000 as a means of finalizing “technical” details among Taliban leadership.

However, Col. Sonny Leggett, the USFOR-A spokesman, said “This article is inaccurate and speculative, citing unnamed sources who are likely as far from the subject as they are from Afghanistan itself.”

Col. Leggett further added “The characterizations of changes to our authorities and operations have no basis in fact. We have no such orders and have made no such changes.”



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