Pentagon sending 4000 more troops to Afghanistan

Lance Nichols
June 16, 2017

We recalled the reason why our nation sent troops to Afghanistan originally, noting that we invaded the country in October 2001 in response to the Taliban government's refusal to hand over Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda and supposed mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Recently Nicholson asked for 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to bolster the current levels - 8,400 Americans and 5,000 soldiers from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"I'm a believer in the Afghan people, so I support an increase in forces there", McChrystal said. Two months earlier, Trump gave Mattis similar authority over USA forces in Iraq and Syria.

Mr. Mattis comments comes days after he told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that "we are not winning in Afghanistan", in one of the starkest assessments by administration officials of the 16-year war to date.

Nevertheless, there are at least another 2,000 US troops in Afghanistan not included in the official count.

McChrystal broke with Mattis's decision to send 4,000 additional troops to supplement the about 8,400 troops already in the country, warning against the possibility of the USA footprint in the country becoming too large.

"This decision is part of a broader strategy we are developing that addresses our role in Afghanistan and beyond".

Though Trump has said little about Afghanistan, this week he gave Mattis authority to set troop numbers there at whatever level he sees fit, a decision finalized as the Pentagon chief told lawmakers America is still "not winning" against the Taliban.


The Pentagon is reviewing the strategy for Afghanistan, which Mattis said may take several weeks.

The AP cited a Trump administration source who was not authorized to discuss the decision publicly and said the decision could be announced as early as next week.

"We're not looking at a purely military strategy", he said.

"And we will do so", the Pentagon chief said before the House subpanel.

He stressed that a new strategy for Afghanistan emphasizing a "regional approach" worked out with Pakistan and India and in concert with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would be presented for Trump's approval in mid-July. "Our job is to end it as quickly as possible without losing the very mission that we've recognized, through several administrations, that was worth putting those young Americans on the line for". "All wars come to an end".

The move is another sign of the flexibility the Trump administration has given USA military commanders.

Other reports by TheDigitalNewspaper

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