NATO’s recent offensive in Southern Afghanistan was a “significant success” that has driven Taliban insurgents from their positions and opened the way for development, said British Lt. Gen. David Richards, commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, crediting the teamwork of Afghan, NATO, and coalition forces. The two-week offensive, known as Operation Medusa, has paved the way for the “reconstruction and development” that will bring a “long-lasting security,” added Richards in a statement. The end of Medusa also marked the beginning of a new one, dubbed Operation Mountain Fury, which involves 7,000 coalition forces in the central and eastern provinces.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.