President Discusses Sending Thousands More Troops To Afghanistan
The President met with H.R. McMaster to discuss a proposal for sending more troops into Afghanistan. This would be another major shift in strategy after fifteen long years of war.
“In Afghanistan, we’re up against a determined enemy. As I said, ISIS has been thrown back there [and] Al-Qaeda has been unable to amount attacks out of Afghanistan,” said SecDef Mattis.
Currently, 1,500 troops are slated to deploy to Afghanistan in June to replace those already there. The commanders would like to up this number by 3,000 to 5,000 more. These soldiers are currently in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Many Afghan Soldiers Killed Last Year
Fox News reports:
“The President is not expected to make an announcement before he attends a NATO meeting in Brussels on May 25, where he will likely demand NATO allies also provide forces so the U.S. doesn’t shoulder the burden alone.”
“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, while visiting NATO ally Denmark was coy when asked about future plans. The Afghan government controls less than sixty percent of the country and the death toll among Afghan troops was shockingly high last year.”
Trump Wants To “Start Winning” The War
The Washington Post reports:
“The new plan, which still needs the approval of the president, calls for expanding the U.S. military role as part of a broader effort to push an increasingly confident and resurgent Taliban back to the negotiating table, U.S. officials said. The plan comes at the end of a sweeping policy review built around the president’s desire to reverse worsening security in Afghanistan and “start winning” again, said one U.S. official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.”
“The new strategy, which has the backing of top Cabinet officials, would authorize the Pentagon, not the White House, to set troop numbers in Afghanistan and give the military far broader authority to use airstrikes to target Taliban militants. It would also lift Obama-era restrictions that limited the mobility of U.S. military advisers on the battlefield.”