Wednesday, June 14, 2017

U.S. President Trump Has Given The Pentagon The Authority To Set Troop Levels In Afghanistan



Reuters: Trump gives U.S. military authority to set Afghan troop levels: U.S. official

U.S. President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, opening the door for future troop increases requested by the U.S. commander.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no immediate decision had been made about the troop levels, which are now set at about 8,400.

The Pentagon declined to comment.

The decision is similar to one announced in April that applied to U.S. troop levels in Iraq and Syria, and came as Mattis warned Congress the U.S.-backed Afghan forces were not beating the Taliban despite more than 15 years of war.

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2 comments:

fred lapides said...

So long as Pakistan, our ally, is haven for terror folks to hide out in, a waste of humans and resources

Jay Farquharson said...

As long as the Taliban are Afghan's and the West keeps backing the corrupt War Lords, and pumping in money,