Trump hands to Pentagon troop level decisions on Afghanistan

Trump hands to Pentagon troop level decisions on Afghanistan

President Donald Trump's decision to allow his Pentagon chief to set US troop levels in Afghanistan won't mean an immediate infusion of troops but should improve management of the war effort, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday.

It has been 15 years since US forces were first deployed to Afghanistan following the September 11 attacks, making it the nation's longest-running war.

"I would say that the reason we have not been attacked over many years from where the 9/11 attack originated is heavily due to the sacrifices that we have made over years as we have kept the enemy on the back foot", Mattis said.

The U.S. now has 8,400 troops in Afghanistan.

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He said the administration is working on a broad Afghanistan strategy, and that he intends to set United States troop levels consistent with Trump's "strategic direction and his foreign policy".

The development came just hours after Mattis gave lengthy testimony to lawmakers, some of whom were exasperated at how long it has taken for Trump to come up with a new strategy in Afghanistan.

Trump was reportedly considering whether or not to send additional US troops to Afghanistan. "I would refer you to Secretary Mattis at this point", White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. "Our primary national interest and the worldwide interest in Afghanistan is ensuring it does not become an ungoverned space from which attacks can be launched against the United States, other nations or the Afghan people", he said. That decision, however, stalled amid the administration's Afghan review and a push for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to contribute more troops.

"The American military effort in Afghanistan must be viewed as part of a larger regional context in South Asia", Mattis told the senators.

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Mattis said that adding more forces in Afghanistan would "restore the high ground" by lending more USA assets to help the Afghans with air support and in turn would buy them more time to mature their forces and reduce casualties.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon was considering a request for roughly 3,000 more troops, mainly for training and advising.

He added that additional air support for the Afghans would give the illusion that situation was improving, or at least holding steady, but would do nothing to fix the underlying problems plaguing the Afghan military, such as an unstable national government and rampant corruption.

"Does Mattis do something different, or fall into the trap of the last eight years of doing the same thing but doing it better?"

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Now about 8,400 United States troops are in Afghanistan along with another 5,000 or so North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces. "And we will correct this as soon as possible".

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