Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Pentagon report reveals confusion among US troops over role in Afghanistan

Pentagon report reveals confusion among US troops over role in Afghanistan mission - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A Pentagon report has laid bare the confusion over rules of engagement governing the mission in Afghanistan.
Key points:
A 700-page Pentagon report shows troops don't understand their role following 2014 withdrawal
Critics say confusion stems from political narratives that define troops as "advisers"
US troops report the situation is more complex on the ground
The heavily redacted document has revealed that amid fierce fighting after the Taliban captured the northern city of Kunduz last year, US special forces advisers repeatedly asked their commanders how far they were allowed to go to help local troops retake the city.
They got no answer, according to witnesses interviewed for the review.

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