Top US Commander Wants More Aggressive Afghan Push This Year

At least 29 are dead after a bombing in Afghanistan's southern Helmandprovince At least 29 are dead after a bombing in Afghanistan's southern Helmandprovince | 

LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press
January 02, 2018 11:04 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) - A top U.S. commander wants a more aggressive Afghan military pressuring the Taliban and other insurgents over the normally quieter months of Afghanistan's winter.

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Then, he wants them quickly going on the offensive in the spring.

It's all part of a plan Washington hopes will change the course in a war now entering its 17th year.

Gen. Joseph Votel of U.S. Central Command says Washington is looking "for a major effort to gain the initiative very quickly as we enter into the fighting season."

He tells The Associated Press that the U.S.-led coalition is helping the Afghans will become better fighters.

Votel says in an interview: "By the time they get to the next fight ... they will be able to really present a significant offensive capability."


LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

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