About 4000 more U.S. troops to go to Afghanistan — APNewsBreak

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 US footprint in the country becoming too large. It also the largest deployment of American military might by President Trump since he took office in January.

The American troop presence was eventually expanded into Syria where the US military is authorized to have 503 American troops to train, advise and assist the Syrian rebel forces fighting ISIS. Rather, it ensures the Department of Defense can facilitate our missions and align our commitment to the rapidly evolving security situation, giving our troops greater latitude to provide air power and other vital support. In late April President Trump delegated to Mattis the authority for troop levels in Iraq and Syria.

The report went on to state that the Pentagon later developed a plan to send 3,000 to 5,000 more us troops to Afghanistan, including hundreds of Special Operations forces.

"We can not allow Afghanistan to once again become a launching point for attacks on our homeland or on our allies", he said, alluding to the former Taliban government's granting haven to Al-Qaeda before the September 11, 2011 terror attacks in the US.

"I was confident that within the first 30 to 60 days [of the administration] we would have a strategy from which to start working", McCain said.

"We'd like to see if we (can) contribute to the Afghans" success in the summer of "17", Dunford said.




The additional troops will allow the US -led coalition to provide more advisers to Afghan combat units. The change was made public hours after Sen.

At its peak, American forces in Afghanistan numbered over 100,000.

Nevertheless, there are at least another 2,000 USA troops in Afghanistan not included in the official count. Two months earlier, Trump gave Mattis similar authority over US forces in Iraq and Syria. He said Trump administration's primary national interest and the worldwide interest in Afghanistan is ensuring it does not become an "ungoverned space" from which attacks can again be launched against the USA, other nations or the Afghan people. "But I don't think that takes away President Trump's responsibility for that decision". Trump will rubber-stamp Mattis's decision, which gives him the ability to blame his generals if and when the Afghan war takes yet another turn that is contrary to United States imperatives.

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.

There have been nearly 2,400 USA military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001.

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