Attacks by Taliban stifle progress by Afghan, coalition forces

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(WASHINGTON TIMES) Afghan forces are incapable of rolling back gains made by a resurgent Taliban over the past several months without a larger U.S. military presence in the country, according to an analysis of the 15-year-old conflict.

A rash of attacks against American, Afghan and coalition forces by Taliban insurgents and a growing number of Islamic State fighters over the past two months have left 25 U.S. and European soldiers and civilians killed or wounded across Afghanistan.

The attacks prompted Afghan commanders and their U.S. counterparts to launch combat operations for the first time against the Taliban and the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, during the traditional winter lull in fighting.

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