The United States military announced earlier this week that it believes it could eliminate ISIS from Afghanistan by the end of the year.
Navy Capt. Bill Salvin, a spokesman for Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, told Voice of America that the goal in 2017 is to defeat ISIS in Afghanistan.
Most recently, ISIS was targeted by the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb.
Salvin credited President Donald Trump for his commitment to destroying ISIS, as well as increased local fighters taking up the fight against ISIS.
“We have a very good chance of destroying them in 2017, making it very clear that when the ISIS fighters are destroyed elsewhere around the globe that this is not the place for you to come to plot your attacks,” Salvin told Agence France-Presse via Dawn.
“So while we do believe it will be a challenging year, we believe that the Afghan forces will be successful, and we will be here to be their partners,” he said.
Salvin mentioned that the U.S. military is using a two-sided approach to combating ISIS.
“The first is the unilateral U.S. counter-terrorism mission called Operation Freedom, and that is where we will conduct the operations against terrorist groups like ISIS-K on our own,” he said.
“The other way that we are attacking ISIS-K is in partnered operations with the Afghan special forces. They have had a great success in fighting ISIS-K, especially over the last month or so,” he added.
This is amazing news. For years, we struggled to combat ISIS under the control of former President Barack Obama.
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