US strat­egy cedes ar­eas to Tal­iban in Afghanistan

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Obituaries -

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is urg­ing U.S.backed Afghan troops to re­treat from sparsely pop­u­lated ar­eas, of­fi­cials said, all but en­sur­ing the Tal­iban will re­main in con­trol of vast stretches of Afghanistan.

The ap­proach is out­lined in a pre­vi­ously undis­closed part of the war strat­egy that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced last year, ac­cord­ing to three of­fi­cials who de­scribed the doc­u­ments. It is meant to pro­tect mil­i­tary forces from at­tacks at iso­lated and vul­ner­a­ble out­posts, and fo­cuses on pro­tect­ing cities such as Kabul, the cap­i­tal, and other pop­u­la­tion cen­ters.

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