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Monday , 21 January 2019
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Pentagon sends additional Marines to Afghanistan’s Helmand to counter Taliban attacks

Additional U.S. Marines have been dispatched to Afghanistan to strengthen its forces in the violent Helmand province where Taliban has increased their attacks.

Pentagon decision of deploying more troops in Afghanistan comes when recently the Afghan Security and Defense Forces have successfully repelled the multiple attacks of Taliban fighters who targeted a bridge in the district and create a hurdle to the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline (TAPI) pipeline project in Gereshk district in the southern Helmand province in which over 40 Taliban insurgents and four soldiers were killed.

The deployment is not a part of a Trump administration strategy for Afghanistan but 100 additional Marines are being delpoyed on a request from the Marine commander in the region.

Currently, there are about 8,500 US forces in Afghanistan conducting counter-terrorism missions in Afghanistan.In addition, US forces support NATO’s train, advise and assist mission to help Afghan forces fight the Taliban

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