Commander US Forces announces new Afghan war strategy


KABUL - Commander of US-Forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson said a well-planned raid against drug producing facilities was carried out in Helmand on Sunday and that for the first time an F-22 bomber was used in combat in Afghanistan .

“We used an F22 Raptor aircraft that can carry 250lbs bombs and hits direct targets … in the attack on a drug processing factory in Musa Qala, Helmand (on Sunday night). F22 Raptor aircrafts were used for the first time in Afghanistan ,” he said.

He made it clear that Afghan and US forces will continue attacking drug producing and trafficking operations, and promised the Afghan people that they will not only stand by the country in the fight against terrorism but will also stand by them in the fight against drugs. He reiterated the call to the Taliban to lay down their arms, join peace process and ensure better life for their families and children in society.

“We the US , the coalition forces are with you in the fight against the terrorists, your enemies are our enemies,” he said.

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