Monday, February 20, 2017

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Will Soon Give His Recommendations To President Trump On Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

RFE: U.S. Defense Chief Nears Recommendation On Afghan Troop Level

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he will make recommendations soon to President Donald Trump on whether to increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Mattis said on February 19 the president had been "rightfully reticent" on the matter, as he was waiting for input from his generals on the situation in Afghanistan, where the war is entering its 16th year.

"We are putting our thoughts together now," Mattis told reporters during a visit to Abu Dhabi. "It shouldn't take too long.”

He added that Trump "is open to my advice on it, but first of all I've got to formulate where I stand, so this is the normal collection of... information."

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Update #1: Mattis to decide soon on U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan (AP)
Update #2: Pentagon chief readies Afghanistan proposals for Trump (AFP)

WNU Editor: The Taliban are slowly winning the war .... and increasing U.S. troop levels will not be enough to stop this trend. Something more drastic is needed. But the problem in making such a decision  is that support for increasing U.S. involvement in Afghanistan is close to non-existent among the American public.

Update #3: Afghan training goes back to basics as Trump faces U.S. troop decision (Reuters)

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