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WASHINGTON — President Obama signed a secret order in recent weeks authorizing a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year.
Mr. Obama’s order allows American 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 officials with knowledge of the decision. The new authorization also allows American jets, bombers and drones to support Afghan troops on combat missions.
In an announcement in the White House Rose Garden in May, Mr. Obama said that the American military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year, and that the missions for the 9,800 troops remaining in the country would be limited to training Afghan forces and to hunting the “remnants of Al Qaeda.”
originally posted by: daaskapital
Let's be realistic here. The dynamics of the region have greatly shifted since May. It may also be that the Afghan government isn't completely ready to single-handedly tackle the problems of which it faces. It is a new government, and is yet to be significantly tested.
I do feel sorry that American troops must stay another year to fight, but i think it is a better option than dropping the ball, running away, and leaving a new government to defend its country from terrorist forces.