Middle East Trump's Afghan policy causing a rethink on both sides in conflict

The Taliban made fewer territorial gains this combat season, but say they're still ready to fight Americans. Afghans welcome Trump's fight-to-win approach, but the path to victory is still unclear.

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In the Afghanistan war’s 2015 and 2016 fighting seasons, Taliban insurgents made significant gains. They captured the provincial capital of Kunduz in 2015, before losing it again, and briefly took partial control of the city in 2016. All the while they seized an increasing number of district centers.