US forces in Afghanistan get Obama OK for offensive operations

Red Horse

General John Nicholson

Tara Copp – June 10, 2016

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has approved expanded authorities that will allow U.S. troops to accompany and conduct offensive operations with Afghan forces under certain conditions, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Friday.

The expanded authorities, proposed by Gen. John Nicholson, the new top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, will allow troops to now accompany Afghan conventional forces on missions and conduct offensive strikes against the Taliban or other threats when the strike would have a “strategic effect on the battlefield,” a senior defense official said on the condition he not be named.