February 26, 2018

Pentagon Set to Send About 4000 More US Troops to Afghanistan

16 June 2017, 06:25 | Kara Nash

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"What does winning look like?" He added, "He [Trump] has not delegated all authority to me".

This administration will not repeat the mistakes of the past.

The caps became most visible after the US military returned to Iraq in 2014 to train and advise the Iraqi military in the fight against ISIS. This is mainly a disagreement between different interventionists.

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.

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.

A Pentagon spokesman, Christopher Sherwood, said no decision has been made yet.

After quoting the defense secretary's assessment - "The Taliban had a good year last year, and they're trying to have a good one this year". More troops would be contributed by other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation nations.

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ABC News looks at the change and whether anything will change in the USA military posture in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Furthermore, we should question why we still have troops there nearly 16 years later.

"In this regard our forces are conducting partnered counter-terrorism operations and we are supporting the NATO- led's mission so in the future the Afghan people can defend themselves", he said.

The additional troops will allow the US -led coalition to provide more advisers to Afghan combat units. However, toward the end of Karzai's term, the Taliban reorganized and began to control more of the country.

For years after the initial US -led invasion, former Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), the leading non-interventionist in Congress, continually noted that no war had been constitutionally authorized within Afghanistan - only the use of force against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks. His son, Rand Paul, became a USA senator representing Kentucky in 2011 and also has been outspoken on foreign policy and other issues.

Testifying before the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee, the former four-star general said Washington's war policy for Afghanistan and its impact could no longer be limited to within the country's borders.

Mattis explained that while President Trump had delegated to him "the details of forces that will be allocated to support what he approves finally as a strategy" for Afghanistan, "I assure you this is not a carte blanche for me to come up with numbers that are going into this".

The move is another sign of the flexibility the Trump administration has given US military commanders.

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