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Taliban Shrugs at US Plans to Send More Troops to Afghanistan

The Taliban has dismissed American plans to send 300 troops to Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province as nothing but “solely to lend morale” to embattled Afghan forces “in hopes they hold out until spring.” The insurgents have captured most of the districts in Helmand since NATO ended its combat mission, and most U.S. forces withdrew from the largest poppy-growing Afghan province in 2014. With the help of U.S. air power and military advisers on the ground, the Afghan government has...

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