By NIKEL GOLDBERGMANN, APA reporterA U.S. Army helicopter fires at Taliban fighters as the United States and Afghan forces continue to work together on the front lines of the country’s war against the Taliban.
A U and an Afghan army officer stand next to a U. and an Afghans soldiers during an operation to clear a tunnel in southern Helmand province, in this handout image provided by the Afghan Ministry of Defense on February 26, 2019.
A member of the Afghan forces looks out from the helicopter as it fires at a suspected Taliban position in southern Afghanistan.
The U.N. peacekeeping force that protects civilians in conflict zones, known as MTF G2, has a new mission: protect civilians and prevent attacks by Taliban fighters.
In this photo taken February 28, 2018, a U and a UMG soldier are seen at the entrance of an Afghan Army base in Paktika province.MTF G1’s mission is to “protect civilians and civilian infrastructure from the effects of hostile fire and unexploded ordnance, as well as providing security, shelter and medical assistance to civilians and civilians displaced due to conflict,” according to its website.
U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan have been waging a campaign against the Islamic State group since the end of 2014, but their presence has grown in recent years as the Taliban have become more and more entrenched in the country.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a series of deadly attacks against civilians in recent months, killing dozens of people in the capital, Kabul.