The United States has reportedly conducted nearly a dozen operations in the past three weeks against jihadists linked to the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) branch in Afghanistan known as the Khorasan Province (ISIL-K), a testament to the U.S. military’s ongoing combat mission in the country.

In December 2014, President Obama, who escalated the U.S. military footprint in Afghanistan soon after taking office in 2009, announced that the U.S. military had ceased their combat mission in Afghanistan.

“Our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion,” declared the president at the end of December 2014, allegedly marking the beginning of the train, advise, assist mission on January 1, 2015.

Combat operations, however, have not only continued, they have been expanded to target ISIS in Afghanistan, beyond Iraq and Syria.

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