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The U.S. begins bombing Taliban drug labs as Trumpís Afghanistan strategy takes hold
washingtonpost.com ^ | November 20 at 12:36 PM | Dan Lamothe

Posted on 11/21/2017 10:34:40 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

U.S. and Afghan forces have launched a series of attacks on narcotics laboratories in southern Afghanistan, marking the start of what could become a long, expanded air war there under President Trump.

The initial strikes, which began Sunday and were ongoing Monday, represent the first significant use of new legal authorities granted by the Trump administration in August that enable the Pentagon to target Taliban revenue streams, said Army Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Previously, the U.S. military conducted strikes only when facing imminent threat or working directly with the Afghans.

Speaking to the Pentagon press corps via satellite from his headquarters in Kabul, Nicholson said Monday that Afghan A-29 warplanes launched the operation. They were followed by B-52 bombers, advanced F-22 fighters, unmanned aircraft and Marine Corps rocket fire.

“There are many, many targets that have been identified,” Nicholson said. “We are striking some, and we will continue to strike these targets as we further refine them.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; fourth100days; gwot; taliban; trumpgwot
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1 posted on 11/21/2017 10:34:40 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Afghan Times:

B-52 and F-22 used

2 posted on 11/21/2017 10:37:11 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

So, after an Obama hiatus, the war has resumed


3 posted on 11/21/2017 10:37:30 AM PST by bert (K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It was always such a joke to say we are at war with somebody, and yet do nothing about choking their revenue streams especially when they relate to making illegal drugs!


4 posted on 11/21/2017 10:38:11 AM PST by winner3000
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Interesting, wonder if this will actually hit them where it hurts? I am not advocating for or against. Just wondering if this is the best use of limited resources.


5 posted on 11/21/2017 10:39:34 AM PST by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them)
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To: SunkenCiv; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; TigersEye; Oynx; Marine_Uncle; BenLurkin; ...

ping!


6 posted on 11/21/2017 10:39:55 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Nicholson said that the new strategy does not focus on regular Afghans who farm poppy.

new strategy same as the old strategy...why ?..shouldn't we be hitting the source ? the actual poppy fields ?
7 posted on 11/21/2017 10:40:32 AM PST by stylin19a (Best.Election.Ever.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I figured this was one reason why President Trump left some of our military in the Godforsaken land of poppy fields...


8 posted on 11/21/2017 10:40:41 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

No wonder the Bushs hate Trump.

He is bombing their business interests.


9 posted on 11/21/2017 10:40:54 AM PST by right way right (May we remain sober over mere men, for God really is our one and only true hope.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

About time!


10 posted on 11/21/2017 10:42:06 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Needs to start in the Mexican cartel too asap.


11 posted on 11/21/2017 10:43:55 AM PST by Vaduz (women and children to be impacted the most.)
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new strategy same as the old strategy...why ?..shouldn't we be hitting the source ? the actual poppy fields ?

The 'growing' season has ended for poppies in Afghanistan, harvest is done, poppy juice is being produced.. time to hit the production facilities bigly.

12 posted on 11/21/2017 10:44:14 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Go, DJT! Yet another reason this man was elected.


13 posted on 11/21/2017 10:44:27 AM PST by cld51860 (Volo pro veritas)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Winning!!!!


14 posted on 11/21/2017 10:44:41 AM PST by vpintheak (Freedom is not equality; and equality is not freedom!)
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To: right way right

Opium refinery go boom. Bada-boom.


15 posted on 11/21/2017 10:46:46 AM PST by blackdog
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
"The U.S. begins bombing CIA drug labs as Trump’s Afghanistan strategy takes hold"

Hugh's headline repair service.
16 posted on 11/21/2017 10:46:59 AM PST by Hugh the Scot ("The days of being a keyboard commando are over. It's time to get some bloody knuckles." -Drew68)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

So.... I guess the price of heroin is going to go through the roof.


17 posted on 11/21/2017 10:49:01 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Oops. It would be opium, not heroin.


18 posted on 11/21/2017 10:51:07 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Daddy and W Bush won’t like that. It goes against their objective efforts using the US military so Afghanistan can grow poppy fields unimpeded for the purpose of saturating the western cultures with heroine. Part of the NWO plan?


19 posted on 11/21/2017 10:51:41 AM PST by drypowder
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To: Just mythoughts

we gotta have a few barrels of Orange around.


20 posted on 11/21/2017 10:52:47 AM PST by stylin19a (Best.Election.Ever.)
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