The US is deploying a new type of drone to its allies in Afghanistan.
The unmanned aircraft, which can fly as low as 200 metres, is used to help guide air strikes on insurgent groups.
The drones are part of a new effort by the US and its allies to bolster their air campaign against the Taliban.
US President Donald Trump announced the move in a tweet on Wednesday, but the decision has yet to be formally announced by the White House.
The drone was developed by Northrop Grumman and can carry up to eight missiles and carries sensors to track its surroundings.
The aircraft, the first of its kind in Afghanistan, will be deployed to the Nato-led international coalition to conduct strikes against Taliban targets, the Pentagon said in a statement.
Read more: The aircraft was initially intended to support the Afghan military and Afghan security forces, but will also provide intelligence gathering and aerial reconnaissance for the US, Nato and its partners.
In a statement, the White White House said the drone will provide “a new tool for US counterterrorism operations and other US activities that target foreign terrorist organisations and individuals.”
“The US is committed to the safety and security of its allies and partners, and the US will continue to use this aircraft to conduct our missions with the utmost professionalism,” it said.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has previously described drones as an “effective tool” to defeat terrorists, but said they are “not a game changer”.
“Drones have a limited impact on our operations, and it is not like a game-changer,” he said in an interview with Reuters last year.
“It’s not the first time we’ve used drones, it’s not going to be the last time.”