Based on a new report in connection with war on terrorism, US President Donald Trump has allowed American troops in Afghanistan to take part in joint operations with Afghan defense and security forces against terrorist groups.
After NATO troops withdrawal in 2014, thousands of NATO troops under Resolute Support Mission started advising and training Afghan national defense and security forces and handed over combat mission to Afghan forces. But, the situation has changed after US new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia and it was stressed that NATO and American troops will be given further authorizations and will be allowed to conduct joint operation with Afghan forces against terrorist groups in the country.
Limitations on combat missions of foreign troops in Afghanistan were put after US officials interpreted ongoing war in Afghanistan as insurgency and had said Taliban did not threat to the US anymore. This situation has caused that all witnessed increasing of Taliban and their small group activities in various parts of Afghanistan.
Nevertheless, the situation has recently changed and based on US new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, Taliban and Haqqani network were named as terrorist groups and serious circumstances were asked against them.
According to the US new strategy, Taliban and Haqqani network have been given two options: they should stop violence and join peace process as well as cut their links with other terrorist groups as al Qaeda and ISIS, or they will be targeted and rooted out by foreign troops and Afghan national defense and security forces any where they have safe havens in Afghanistan.
Giving further authorizations and allowing participation to American troops in operations and surpassing terrorist groups will be also assessed. A US expert has told media, it is much probable that US will target safe havens of terrorist groups including Taliban and Haqqani in areas as Khyber Pakhtonkhwa and Baluchistan states of Pakistan. If this happens, it will mean that operation for surpassing terrorist groups is expanding and cover all those areas where terrorist groups including Taliban and Haqqani have safe havens.
Previously, reports had been released that US CIA would send special small units to Afghanistan to approach and target Taliban and Haqqani network leaders. This means that the US and its allies are now serious to roots out terrorist groups if they do not join peace process.
Anyway, if the US new strategy is implemented in the region, it will put positive impacts on counter terrorism effort because terrorist groups including Taliban and Haqqani network will not have any safe havens for training, treatment of their personnel and planning of their operations anymore.
The Kabul Times