US to send almost 4000 troops to Afghanistan

"Together in the inter-agency, we will define the way ahead and I will set the USA military commitment, consistent with the commander in chief strategic direction and the foreign policy as dictated by secretary of state Tillerson", he said during the hearing. "I believe by mid-July we will be able to brief you in detail".

"Together in the interagency, we will define the way ahead and I will set a USA military commitment consistent with the commander in chief's strategic directions and his foreign policy, as dictated by Secretary of State Tillerson", Mattis told lawmakers during a hearing at the Senate Appropriations Committee.

There have been nearly 2,400 USA military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001. We want a strategy. At Tuesday's hearing with Mattis, Senator John McCain emphasized the need for a plan. Initially he had hoped to get the president to agree to the strategy before last months North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

"I'd certainly defer to what Jim Mattis and [Gen.] Mick Nicholson on the ground are recommending", McChrystal said.

About 2,400 USA troops have been killed in Afghanistan since 2001 and another 20,000 wounded.

The Trump administration may increase the number of USA troops in Afghanistan.

The fight in Afghanistan remains important, the secretary said, noting that Afghanistan was the staging ground for the al-Qaida terrorists who attacked America on September 11, 2001.

"What does winning look like?"

The Pentagon has said that any troop increase would not change the mission of the forces there.

That's the news out of Washington: that Trump has delegated to Mattis the decision as to how many additional USA troops should be sent to Afghanistan, and what strategy they should employ in a war that Mattis admits the United States military is "not winning". This is mainly a disagreement between different interventionists.


The Pentagon is preparing to send as many as 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said on Thursday, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third U.S. commander-in-chief. Some of its members seemed upset that Mattis was not able to lay out a new strategy for the war.

The New York Times first reported the policy decision, and Mattis confirmed this on Wednesday.

"The Taliban had a good year last year, and they're trying to have a good one this year", he said. Senior officers in the Pentagon have reportedly asked for another 5,000 troops in addition to the 8,000 still there.

If a few thousands troops are sent, they will be used in the same way the USA military is fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria, officials told Fox News.

In February, the top US commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, told Congress that he would like additional USA troops to make up a shortfall in trainers of the Afghan military.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries are also asked to send up to 5,000 more soldiers to Afghanistan. There are now about 8,400 USA troops officially stationed in Afghanistan and an additional 2,000 not included in official tallies. Last weekend, a Taliban attack killed three us soldiers were killed and wounded another in eastern Afghanistan. Pakistan has been a troublesome ally for multiple USA presidents, permitting large-scale US air attacks on extremist targets but sometimes halfheartedly addressing threats itself. They have continued to wage an insurgency against the central government ever since.

And if the civilian leadership isn't engaged, the danger is that the "military doesn't have the perspective of the entire country in mind", Chollet said.

Mattis will be responsible for setting what are formally known as the "force management level", or FML, for American troops in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. His son, Rand Paul, became a USA senator representing Kentucky in 2011 and also has been outspoken on foreign policy and other issues.

Afghanistan is America's longest war, beginning in 2001. "We want to finish this war in Afghanistan with the help of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance".

Wilder added that the US should remain focused to keep Afghanistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorist groups.

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