February 07, 2018
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Top US, NATO commander warns Taliban not to be safe anywhere

By Khaama Press - Tue Jan 16 2018, 9:33 am

The top US commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson has warned that the enemy is not safe anywhere in Helmand province as he insisted on condition-based implementation of the new US strategy.

Gen. Nicholson who is also in command of the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan made the remarks during a ceremony, the first rotation of Task Force Southwest, led by U.S. Marine Corps Brigadier General Roger B. Turner, Jr., in southern Helmand province.

“You’ve seen the 215th Corps this year, they’ve re-taken Nawa District a few weeks ago, conducted offensive operations, expanded the security zone from Lashkar Gah moving into Sangin, then moving into Nad Ali, Babaji, Garmsir,” he said.

According to Gen. Nicholson “In November, we did airstrikes in the north against the narcotics labs that support the Taliban. We also struck targets in Baramcha. So, the enemy is not safe anywhere in Helmand.  We will come after them everywhere in Helmand to help the people try to expand the security and try to return to their lives at home.”

“The important thing to remember is we’re not going on the calendar. We are here until the job is done,” said Nicholson.

The top US commander also added “The new U.S. Strategy is conditions based, not time based. We will do this as quickly as we can, but what the enemy needs to understand (is) we’re not leaving. We are here alongside our Afghan counterparts until the job’s done.”

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