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

At that level, the deployment would be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump's presidency.

A Pentagon spokesman said at the time that the decision was a return to an arrangement that had typically existed prior to the Bush and Obama administrations.

Pentagon officials say the rising threat posed by Islamic State extremists has caused a rash of deadly attacks in the capital city of Kabul.

However, there is also talk that more authority on the ground could be given to these troops who are in a train, advise and assist capacity.

Mattis has repeatedly stressed that increasing troop numbers is vital for the stabilization of Afghanistan. Asked about what transpired, Trump made comments in a Fox News interview that were nearly hard to believe.

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

Three of the US soldiers already in Afghanistan.

One official told Reuters last month that 3,800 troops could be sent but cautioned that could change, given discussions with North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies about their potential contributions.

The defense secretary painted a grim picture of the situation in Afghanistan.

But adding troops is a USA tactic that has failed in the past and much will depend on the president's broader strategy for stabilizing Afghanistan.

Mattis has broadly defined the USA mission in terms remarkably similar to those set by President Barack Obama. Troops have been at their current level since Obama left office.

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Trump has barely spoken about Afghanistan as a candidate or president, concentrating instead on crushing Daesh in Syria and Iraq. "I have always been bothered by the fact that the Afghanistan war has become the silent war".

Paul - continuing the same argument his father had long used - said that while the United States "had a clear cut mission" in Afghanistan following the attacks of September 11, 2001, "that's been long gone for many years now". The relationship dates back to the 1980s Afghan war against the Soviet Union, which had sent in more than 100,000 soldiers to support the pro-communist Afghan government. "Afghan mission and provide essential support to the fearless Afghan troops fighting on the front lines of this global struggle between good and evil", Mohib said.

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.

Obama ended the US combat role in Afghanistan in 2014.

The United States now have about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan in addition to about 5,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces.

On Saturday, three USA soldiers were killed when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in eastern Afghanistan. "But we pulled them out on a timeline, rather than consistent with the maturation of the government and the security forces".

As for strategy, Mattis said the administration's war approach is being developed in a broader context that includes Afghanistan's neighbors, Iran and Pakistan, as well as India.

The news comes just one day after Defense Secretary Mattis told a Senate panel that President Donald Trump's decision to give Mattis the ability to set USA troop commitment level in Afghanistan without requiring him to seek Trump's approval first would not result in any immediate changes to the number of troops in Afghanistan. "We're now six months into this administration", he said. Regional powers Iran, India and China, which all have political stakes in the fate of Afghanistan, also must be considered.

In March 2013, Matthis incurred the wrath of the White House when, as leader of the U.S. Central Command, he told a Senate panel he supported keeping 13,600 U.S. troops in country indefinitely. Despite heavy losses, the Taliban fought on. As Mattis told senators, "the enemy is surging right now". "Our job is to end it as quickly as possible without losing the very mission that we've recognized, through several administrations, that was worth putting those young Americans on the line for", he said. 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 U.S. imperatives. "We can not allow Afghanistan to once again become a launching point for attacks on our homeland or on our allies".

As senior US officials in Kabul see it, the ultimate aim will be to make Afghan forces self-sustaining by 2020 and give the government leverage to negotiate a political settlement with the Taliban - if the extremist Islamist movement is willing to accept one.

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