Obama quietly broadens U.S. mission in Afghanistan allowing Pentagon to target Taliban fighters

November 22, 2014 4:09 PM

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Obama quietly broadens U.S. mission in Afghanistan allowing Pentagon to target Taliban fighters

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, U.S. officials said late Friday.

The president’s decisions also allow the military to conduct air support for Afghan operations when needed. Obama issued the guidelines in recent weeks, as the American combat mission in Afghanistan draws to a close, thousands of troops return home, and the military prepares for narrower counterterr...

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