Saturday, June 17, 2017

No Decision Has Been Made To Send 4,000 Additional U.S. Troops To Afghanistan

U.S. media have reported that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will recommend sending another 3,000-5,000 American troops to Afghanistan.

FOX News: Afghanistan: Pentagon says no decision yet on number of troops to fight Taliban

The Pentagon has not made a final decision about how many troops will be sent to Afghanistan to try and break the stalemate in that country's 16-year-long war, two senior defense officials told Fox News Thursday.

The officials said that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress on multiple occasions this week that a new strategy would not be delivered until mid-July. Their statements contradict an Associated Press report that claimed almost 4,000 additional U.S. troops would go to Afghanistan and an announcement could come as soon as next week.

For the past two months, the Pentagon has been considering sending between 3,000 and 5,000 U.S. troops to help train and advise Afghan forces.

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WNU Editor: I guess this report was premature .... Report: 4,000 U.S. Troops To Be Deployed To Afghanistan (June 16, 2017).

Update: NO!!!!! .... Gen. Keane: 10,000 to 20,000 additional troops needed in Afghanistan (FOX News)

More News On The Pentagon Denying Reports That 4,000 Additional U.S. Troops Will Be Sent To Afghanistan

Mattis Hasn't Decided to Send 4K More Troops to Afghanistan --
Pentagon says no decision has been made on more troops to Afghanistan -- Politico
Pentagon denies reports of additional troops to Afghanistan -- Washington Times
U.S. military has made no decision on new Afghanistan troop levels: spokesman -- Reuters

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