US Marines kill more than 70 Taliban leaders in Afghanistan
BREAKING – U.S. Marines in Afghanistan killed dozens of Taliban leaders last week using rocket artillery after tracking them to a meeting in volatile Helmand Province, according to the top American general in Afghanistan, Lucas Tomlinson at FOX News reports.
U.S. Forces Afghanistan said more than 50 Taliban commanders, including the deputy Taliban shadow governor of Helmand were killed. Taliban leaders from six other provinces across Afghanistan were killed as well in the strike in the Musa Qala district of Helmand, according to the statement.
Twenty other Taliban leaders were killed in air strikes earlier this month by drones and Air Force A-10 Warthog jets based in neighboring Kandahar, which arrived earlier this year along with thousands of additional American troops.
During a Pentagon press conference from his office in Kabul Wednesday, Army Gen. John Nicholson told reporters the strikes would disrupt the insurgent group the U.S. military has been fighting for more than 16 years.
“Helmand has been the financial engine of the insurgency. The Taliban draws 60 percent of their revenue from narcotics (and) criminal activity,” Nicholson said.
President Donald Trump has nominated Army Lt. Gen. Scott Miller, the current head of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), which oversees the nation’s elite commando units, such as Delta Force, 75th Ranger Regiment and SEAL Team Six, collectively known as the National Mission Force.
Recently, U.S. drones killed dozens of Taliban fighters attempting to take over western Farah Province, which borders Iran.
Last month, the U.S. military launched the second highest number of airstrikes in the past six and a half years in Afghanistan.
As the ISIS war in Iraq and Syria winds down, the U.S. military is ramping up operations in Afghanistan.
There are roughly 15,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, about double the number when Trump took office — far fewer than the 100,000 deployed by former President Barack Obama.
In April, there were more airstrikes in Afghanistan — 562 — than Iraq and Syria combined over the previous two months. Many of the strikes targeted Taliban drug labs.
Here’s the report from Fox News:
U.S. military ramps up airstrikes, more than 500 in April alone; national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon.
Taliban attacks remain a real threat and persist.
SOURCE –FOX NEWS
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