U.S. troops prep Afghans for anti-tal­iban of­fen­sive

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NATION -

U.S. mil­i­tary troops in Afghanistan have be­gun work­ing with smaller Afghan units to pre­pare them for a more ag­gres­sive of­fen­sive against the Tal­iban next year in a push to break the stale­mate in the 16-year-old war, the top U.S. com­man­der for the Mid­dle East said Thurs­day.

While ac­knowl­edg­ing there is still much more to be done, Army Gen. Joseph Vo­tel sounded a more op­ti­mistic tone.

As more older Afghan com­man­ders leave or are pushed out of their posts, younger lead­ers are tak­ing over, he said, adding that the forces are con­duct­ing more op­er­a­tions and go­ing on the of­fen­sive more of­ten. As a re­sult, he said, of­fi­cials are see­ing the num­ber of ca­su­al­ties start to go down.

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