Pentagon Downplays Expanded US Combat Role in Afghanistan

November 25, 2014 10:14 PM

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The U.S. Defense Department downplayed reports that the White House approved a change in policy to expand the American combat role in Afghanistan into 2015.

The New York Times this week reported that President Barack Obama approved an order allowing American troops to continue targeting Taliban forces and other militant groups after Dec. 31, the previously planned end date for combat operations in the country.

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