American and Afghan troops target Kandahar

Military officials announced Sunday that American and Afghan troops have begun combat in the Afghan city of Kandahar to drive out the Taliban according to the New York Times.

Eliminating the power of the Taliban in three districts surrounding the city is the goal of the effort, named "Operation Dragon Strike." The task is considered important to President Barack Obama's plan to dismantle the power of the Taliban in the country, according to the New York Times.

Kandahar is the birthplace of the Taliban, where combat was expected to begin in early June but was held off, due in part to resistance by Afghan leaders, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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