About 4000 more US troops to go to Afghanistan

Kristopher Drake
June 16, 2017

In an October 2015 interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the younger Paul - who was a presidential candidate at the time - maintained that the United States should no longer be fighting the war in Afghanistan and that "the Afghans need to step it up and defend themselves".

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 US 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. Mattis confirmed his new authority during a June 14 Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing.

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

Critics in Congress and elsewhere contend that there isn't any strategy - other than the one that has failed to stabilize the country. About 2,000 of those troops are involved in the counter-terrorism mission against al Qaeda and ISIS.

The United States had as many as 100,000 troops in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011, but in 2013 turned over the primary responsibility for the war to Afghan forces. Have a say in our informal poll, and feel free to join the conversation.

Though the invasion wrested control of most of the country from the Taliban, bin Laden fled the country and went into hiding in Pakistan until captured and killed by US special forces in 2011.

"If that means we have to keep [U.S.] advisers with them a little longer, then 9/11 taught us the cost of not paying attention to this problem".

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.

The announcement could be made to the public "as early as next week", according to the AP.

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., voiced concerns about civilian control of the military and said Trump's delegation of authority to set troop levels to the military gave him pause.

The authorized US troop level in Afghanistan is about 8,400 but the SecDef said the current number of troops on the ground is a "little under 10,000", possibly because of overlap in troop rotations.

As such, Mattis is looking to end the war as soon as possible. "All wars come to an end".

"I think there's going to have to be an adequate ground force, but I don't think it should be primarily American", McChrystal said.

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

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