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Anatomy of a US airstrike: Are Afghan strongmen calling the shots? | TBIJ

The checkpoint was hit by US strikes Photo via Sadiqullah Sadaqat

The checkpoint was hit by US strikes Photo via Sadiqullah Sadaqat

The story of the friendly fire incident at Tarin Kot underscores the chaos on the ground in Afghanistan. Afghan security forces who are now leading the fight against the Taliban, with US support, are leaning on local warlords and irregular forces. Keeping the Taliban at bay depends to a large part on all these actors’ ability to work together. If Tarin Kot is anything to go by, the signs are not promising.

Source: Anatomy of a US airstrike: Are Afghan strongmen calling the shots? — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

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