War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

The Marines returned to Helmand province. Is their mission a blueprint for Trump's Afghanistan strategy?

The Marines returned to Helmand province. Is their mission a blueprint for Trump's Afghanistan strategy?

When U.S. Marines entered the Afghan military’s operations control center at an airfield here in April, they found a scene of confusion.

Afghan officers were coordinating operations against Taliban insurgents using paper maps taped to the walls. They were uncertain of the locations of key mosques, hospitals, bridges – even their own ground troops.

The war was going badly in Helmand, one of Afghanistan’s most volatile provinces and the deadliest for international forces in 16 years of hostilities. Since the Marines left in 2014 as part of a U.S. military drawdown, Afghan forces were losing scores of troops every month and had watched the Taliban march up to the outskirts of the...

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