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>> Clearing the way for a bigger US role in Afghanistan. A US official exclusively telling Reuters that President Barack Obama's approved expanded US military powers there in a bid to assist Afghan security forces against a resilient Taliban insurgency. Sources say, it could mean more US air power in the country but say it's quote not a blanket order to target the Taliban.
The US commander in Afghanistan will be able to decide when US forces can pitch in to help ordinary Afghan soldiers in battle. Currently, they only work with local special operations units. It's a break from the current US rules in Afghanistan that limit American forces ability to strike at insurgents.
Only allowing them to engage in defensive tactics. The new policy would allow them to support Afghans, as they go on the offensive against a growing Taliban.