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    Afghanistan Welcomes US Decision to Target Taliban Fighters

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    Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States Hamdullah Mohib said that the Afghan government welcomes the changes in US rules of engagement in Afghanistan enabling US forces to strike Taliban fighters.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Afghan government welcomes the changes in US rules of engagement in Afghanistan enabling US forces to strike Taliban fighters, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States Hamdullah Mohib told Sputnik.

    “This would enable the US troops there to help Afghan troops in offensives against the Taliban, we very much welcome that announcement,” Ambassador Mohib said on Monday.

    Last week, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter confirmed the lifting of restrictions on US troops, allowing them to “proactively” target Taliban fighters. The change to the rules of engagement follows significant Taliban advances over the past year, jeopardizing Afghan Security Forces and US interests in the country.

    Mohib added that Kabul is carefully analyzing the security situation and needs of the government.

    “If we do need, or feel we need more assistance, we [will] direct it through the right channels to the United States government to negotiate that,” the ambassador stated.

    In July, the United States and NATO will make a decision to provide long-term financial and security support to the Afghan Security Forces. According to reports, the United States and NATO could pledge up to $5 billion per year to support Afghanistan through 2020.

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