The Taliban now holds more ground in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001

The Taliban now holds more ground in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001

The new U.S. commander in Afghanistan has submitted his first three-month assessment of the situation in the war-torn country and what it’s going to take to defeat the Taliban, a U.S. military official has told The Associated Press.

And though the content of the review by Army Gen. John W. Nicholson is secret, the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan received a major incentive this month when President Obama decided to expand America’s involvement with more airstrikes against insurgents, giving the U.S. military wider latitude to support Afghan forces, both in the air and on the ground.

The report — and Nicholson’s deployment to Afghanistan — come at a time of Taliban resurgence, with the group gaining ground in the southern provinces of the Taliban heartland.

After 90 days in the country, Nicholson has now “completed his assessment and submitted it to his chain of command at the Pentagon,” said a U.S.military official in Afghanistan, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to discuss the issue.

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