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U.S. Troops Will Face The Deadliest Taliban Yet

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn
28th September 2017 - Quoted by Alexa Liautaud - Vice News

Nearly 10,000 U.S. Marines poured into Helmand Province eight years ago as part of the largest surge in the Afghanistan war. Announcing the troop deployment, then-President Obama said the massive campaign was “necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation” and was critical in preventing “a cancer from once again spreading through that country.”

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Capitalizing on a muddled U.S strategy that has overwhelmingly focused on population centers and ignored “less vital” areas,” the group has expanded its control of rural areas, turning them into hubs they can use to recharge, recruit, and train fighters, according to Bill Roggio, the editor of Long War Journal.

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That “platform” can be attributed to the Taliban’s new social media strategy, which Thomas Joscelyn, senior editor of the Long War Journal, says has transformed once “crude and rudimentary” propaganda into “very slick productions in multiple languages.”

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afghanistan, long-war-journal