BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:50 P.M.) – The United States Air Force (USAF) has stepped up its bombing campaign in Afghanistan over the last day, targeting Taliban troop movements and gathering points.

According to both US and Afghan military sources, American airstrikes have killed and wounded close to 20 Taliban fighters across two provinces in western Afghanistan over the last 24 hours.

Late yesterday, a drone strike against a Taliban gathering in the province of Nangarhar killed 11 militants and wounded at least one other. Moreover, several pieces of heavy weaponry (likely armed technical pickups) belonging to the Taliban were reportedly destroyed as well.

Today, another airstrike in the Maidan Wardak region targeted a Taliban troop movement at the village of Marko killing three Islamist insurgents – including a local commander by the name of Mawlavi Farid – and wounding another four.

Regarding the province of Maidan Wardak, military analysts note that whilst the two main opposing parties on the ground are Coalition-led forces and the Taliban, it has become apparent that ISIS is attempting to expand in the region, suggesting that a three-way conflict may soon emerge.

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