After Vowing to End Combat Mission in Afghanistan, Obama Secretly Extends America’s Longest War

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President Obama has secretly extended the U.S. role in Afghanistan despite earlier promises to wind down America’s longest war. According to the New York Times, Obama has signed a classified order that ensures U.S. troops will have a direct role in fighting. In addition, the order reportedly enables American jets, bombers and drones to bolster Afghan troops on combat missions. And, under certain circumstances, it would apparently authorize U.S. air-strikes to support Afghan military operations throughout the country. The decision contradicts Obama’s earlier announcement that the U.S. military would have no combat role in Afghanistan next year. Afghanistan’s new president Ashraf Ghani has also backed an expanded U.S. military role. Ghani, who took office in September, has also reportedly lifted limits on U.S. airstrikes and joint raids that his predecessor Hamid Karzai had put in place. We go to Kabul to speak with Dr. Hakim, a peace activist and physician who has provided humanitarian relief in Afghanistan for the last decade. We are also joined by Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, who has just returned from Afghanistan.

5 thoughts on “After Vowing to End Combat Mission in Afghanistan, Obama Secretly Extends America’s Longest War

  1. Just another lie in a long list of lies. This one will cost American lives, but who cares, right? Soldiers are just expendable pawns in the big picture.

  2. Absolute truth. We no longer have a combat mission in Afghanistan, we are there purely to protect the Heroin crop on which we make so much money.
    The “Raggies” would destroy the crop and ban cultivation, as they did in 2000, then how would we get the “War on Drugs” to continue. Our profits would stop and our prisons empty.
    We can’t thrust these Arabs (except the jewish Sauds and Sisi families)

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