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Afghanistan: Background and U.S. Policy in Brief [Updated January 16, 2019]   [open pdf - 1MB]

"The U.S. and Afghan governments, along with partner countries, remain engaged in combat with a resilient Taliban-led insurgency. While U.S. military officials maintain that Afghan forces are 'resilient' against the Taliban, by some measures insurgents are in control of or contesting more territory today than at any point since 2001. The conflict also involves an array of other armed groups, including active affiliates of both Al Qaeda (AQ) and the Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS, ISIL, or by the Arabic acronym Da'esh). Since early 2015, the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, known as 'Resolute Support Mission' (RSM), has focused on training, advising, and assisting Afghan government forces; combat operations by U.S. counterterrorism forces, along with some partner forces, also continue and have increased since 2017. These two 'complementary missions' make up Operation Freedom's Sentinel (OFS)."

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CRS Report for Congress, R45122
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2019-01-16
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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