奥巴马批准美军在阿富汗扮演新角色 Obama Approves New US Military Role in Afghanistan

美国总统奥巴马批准美国军队在阿富汗发挥更大作用,帮助阿富汗军队打击塔利班。

这项新计划经过了好几个月的辩论,内容包括在必要时增加对塔利班的空袭,同时美军在决定如何同阿富汗军队合作时将拥有更大的灵活性。新计划不涉及美军地面部队。

国际战斗部队一年多以前撤离阿富汗后,阿富汗部队孤军奋战,对抗塔利班,奥巴马总统的这项决定将再次重新定义美军在阿富汗的作用。

6个月后, 9800驻阿美军将减少到5500人,这是奥巴马在2017年前要完成的目标。

近几个月来,阿富汗军队与塔利班的战斗加剧。联合国说,2015年有3545个阿富汗平民被打死,7457个平民受伤,而其中大部分死伤都是塔利班造成的。

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. The plan does not involve U.S. ground troops.

The decision will once again redefine the U.S. military's role in Afghanistan more than a year after international combat troops finished their missions, leaving Afghan troops to fight the Taliban.

It also comes six months before the 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan would be reduced to 5,500 - a move Obama has called to happen by 2017.

Afghanistan's fight against a resurgent Taliban has intensified in recent months. The U.N. says 3,545 Afghan citizens were killed and 7,457 were wounded in 2015 - most of them at the hands of the Taliban.