Top U.S. General: Troops in Afghanistan Fought at Lowest Capacity, Highest Risk for ‘Most of the Year’

News Lead / November 13, 2017

A US soldier investigates the scene of a suicide attack at the Afghan-Pakistan border crossing in Torkham, Nangarhar province on June 19, 2014. Three Taliban suicide attackers set ablaze 37 NATO military vehicles in Afghanistan on June 19, local officials said, though the coalition confirmed only that several vehicles were damaged. AFP PHOTO/Noorullah Shirzada (Photo credit should read Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)
The number of U.S.-NATO-led coalition troops primarily fighting the Taliban and the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Afghanistan is expected to reach an estimated 25,000 troops next year, including 16,000 American service members.

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