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U.S. Is Escalating a Secretive War in Afghanistan

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New York Times, 12 February 2015

The article reports an upsurge in US nightraids in Afghanistan after it obtained the computer of an al-Qaeda operative, Abu Bara al-Kuwaiti, with files detailing operations. “No official would provide exact figures, because the data is classified.”

The article further says: “The spike in raids is at odds with policy declarations in Washington, where the Obama administration has deemed the American role in the war essentially over. … American and Afghan officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity … said that American forces were playing direct combat roles in many of the raids and were not simply going along as advisers. ‘We’ve been clear that counterterrorism operations remain a part of our mission in Afghanistan,’ Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said on Thursday. ‘We’ve also been clear that we will conduct these operations in partnership with the Afghans to eliminate threats to our forces, our partners and our interests.’”

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