Thursday, May 4, 2017

Pentagon To Give Its Afghan Plan To The White House Next Week

U.S. Army General John Nicholson (L), commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis (R) hold a news conference at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan April 24, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Reuters: U.S. military to pitch revised Afghan war plan to Trump in next week

The U.S. military said on Thursday it will offer recommendations on the war in Afghanistan to President Donald Trump within the next week, amid expectations of a request for thousands of more troops to break a stalemate with Taliban insurgents.

Theresa Whelan, acting assistant secretary of defense for special operations, low-intensity conflict, testified to the Senate that the Pentagon was completing its review of potential adjustments to U.S. war plans.

"I expect that these proposals will go to the President within the next week and the intent is to do just that, to move beyond the stalemate," Whelan said.

It has been three months since Army General John Nicholson, who leads U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, said he needed "a few thousand" additional forces, some potentially drawn from U.S. allies.

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WNU Editor: At least no one is talking of a surge that would involve tens of thousands of soldiers.

More News on The Pentagon Giving Its Afghan Plan To The White House Next Week

New Afghanistan Troop Plan Goes to White House Next Week -- AP
Pentagon to request thousands more troops for Afghanistan next week -- AFP
Trump to get Pentagon's new Afghan war plan next week -- The Hill
Pentagon to Submit New Afghanistan Strategy to White House as Early as Next Week -- Washington Free Beacon
Pentagon considers sending more troops to Afghanistan as it prepares options for President Trump -- CNN
Request for more US troops for Afghanistan heads to White House next week -- Washington Examiner

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