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Obama Approves Wider US Military Role in Afghanistan

U.S. President Barack Obama has approved a wider role for the U.S. military in Afghanistan to help local forces combat the Taliban. The new plan, which follows months of debate, will allow for increased airstrikes against the Taliban when necessary, and, more generally, give U.S. forces more flexibility in how they partner with Afghan forces. An administration official said the plan will provide "greater opportunities for U.S. forces top accompany and enable Afghan conventional...

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