In secret, Obama extends US role in Afghan combat

November 22, 2014 7:32 AM

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WASHINGTON — President Obama signed a classified order in recent weeks authorizing a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures US troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year.

Obama’s order allows US forces to carry out missions against the Taliban and other militant groups threatening American troops or the Afghan government, a broader mission than the president described to the public earlier this year, according to several administration, military, and congressional of...

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