US Military scrambles to stop Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON - *The U.S. military is rushing to demonstrate it is making progress in Afghanistan during a critical period that will test President Donald Trump’s strategy.*
According to Washington Post, U.S. military leaders say the arrival of new troops and aircraft, along with a renewed mission to advise local operations more closely, will help reverse a Taliban resurgence that has exposed the fragility of the long American project in Afghanistan .
“This is not another year of the same thing we’ve been doing for 17 years,” Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a tour of military facilities across Afghanistan last week. “This is a fundamentally different approach.”
In the meantime, the U.S. task force southwest commanding general, Brig. Roger Turner declared that the regional actors support the opposition groups in Afghanistan .
“The Taliban in Helmand couldn’t exist without external support. They get the external support from a number of regional actors. I believe that if the Afghans only had to deal with the Taliban, they could deal with it. But the Taliban being enabled by regional actors,” Gen. Roger Turner said.