Nearly 15 Years and $70 Billion Later, US Troops Still Endlessly Fighting Taliban | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community: Brigadier General Charles Cleveland told reporters on Monday that the deployment would be "temporary," but would not say how long it would last, citing "security reasons."
Sources in Helmand say about 130 U.S. troops have arrived to their base in the region, the Guardian writes. Cleveland said they would act as a "new presence to assist the police zone."
In July, the government watchdog group Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) reported that the Afghan government had lost five percent of its territory to the Taliban, meaning it had less than two-thirds of the country's districts—and that Taliban fighters now claim more ground than at any time since 2001.
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