How helpful is it to the military to not hamper their ability to do their job?
U.S. military officials just announced that they have killed more than 70 senior Taliban leaders in a series of precision strikes over a ten day period between May 10 and May 26.
From Fox News:
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 Wednesday.
U.S. Forces Afghanistan said more than 50 Taliban commanders, including the deputy Taliban shadow governor of Helmand was 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.
Here’s a video of the bombing:
— USForces Afghanistan (@USFOR_A) May 30, 2018
Army Gen. John Nicholson told reporters the strikes could disrupt them for years.
Nicholson said, “Helmand has been the financial engine of the insurgency. The Taliban draws 60 percent of their revenue from narcotics (and) criminal activity.”
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.
But Taliban attacks remain a real threat and persist. Wednesday, U.S.-backed Afghan security forces thwarted an attempted suicide bombing at the Interior Ministry.
One Afghan policeman was killed. Five others were hurt, but no civilians were killed, according to Afghan officials in Kabul.
Despite that, Taliban attacks are less than they were under Obama and peace talks are still taking place.