Afghans Wary of Trump’s Pledge to Challenge Terrorists & Islamabad

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Jalalabad, AFGHANISTAN – When Donald Trump announced his administration’s strategy for Afghanistan, it was welcomed by Kabul’s leaders and other Afghan urban centers. Influential figures in politics, business, security and the media saw it as much-needed change from President Barack Obama’s stopwatch approach to the 16-year-long U.S. involvement in the nation.

Almost three months later, Afghans in the country’s more remote regions have seen increased military operations against militants, that often catches civilians in the crossfire: case in point, an alleged U.S.-led coalition strike over the weekend in northern Kunduz. U.S. forces said no one was injured but local hospital officials tell The Cipher Brief that at least one person was killed and several were injured.

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