Inside The Marines' Fight Against The Taliban In Afghanistan (HBO)

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VICE News gained rare access inside a US military airstrike command center in Afghanistan to see how America's longest war is being fought under the Trump administration.

President Trump's new strategy will see up to 4,000 additional troops deployed to fight in the now 16-year-old conflict — but very few of them will see any combat. That's mainly being done by Afghan soldiers on the ground, supported by US airpower in the form of drones or F-16s.

VICE News spent time with U.S. and Afghan forces as they try to beat back a Taliban resurgence that's seen the group now control or contest more territory in Afghanistan than at any time since the beginning of the war. We accompanied an Afghan-led counter-insurgency operation deep into Helmand province, where local forces fight day and night to push the Taliban back using heavy artillery and mine-clearance teams that dig out IEDs with their bare hands.

As the White House lauds results on the battlefield, we examine the progress over the past 17 years and ask whether this strategy is really any different from what's gone before.

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