Pentagon gets authority to set US ‘troop levels’ in Afghanistan
The United States currently has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan. Army General John Nicholson told Congress he could use an infusion of United States and Allied troops to support the Afghan army.
US President Donald Trump told Defense Minister James Mattis the power to determine troop levels in Afghanistan, the media said Wednesday, paving the way for more US forces to be deployed in the torn country by the war. Such permission was granted by Mattis Trump.
Mattis, according to The New York Times, is supposed to facilitate the deployment of thousands more troops to Afghanistan, but has not made a final decision on the matter. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon have confirmed the news.
“I have nothing that I can comment on right now. See you Secretary Mattis at that time,” said White House deputy reporter Sarah Sanders told reporters.
The United States currently has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan. Army General John Nicholson, the US commander in Afghanistan, told Congress he could use an infusion of US and Allied troops to support the Afghan army.
Earlier this year, the Pentagon was considering a demand for an additional 3,000 soldiers, mainly for training and consulting. This decision, however, was blocked by examining the wider administration of NATO policy and pressure to contribute more Afghan troops.
This opens the way for US commanders to begin sending more forces in Afghanistan after years of cuts made in the hope that Kabul can handle the internal threats by himself.
Mattis, a former commander of all Middle East wars, said Tuesday that the United States did not win the war in Afghanistan.
“We do not win in Afghanistan now,” Mattis said, adding that “finding a solution as soon as possible.”
Mattis is described later victory in Afghanistan as the central government, with international aid, “will be able to handle violence.”
The new four-star general promotion in the retired Navy comes as Congress became increasingly anxious for a new Trump Administration strategy for America’s longest war while the Taliban will continue to go out into the field and to increase power , Including the launch of coordinated attacks on US troops and journalists in recent weeks.
The Afghan war has lasted since October 2001 and the US-led coalition has ended its combat mission against the Taliban in 2014, but is increasingly involved in supporting Afghan forces in the battlefield.