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US to send 3,500 more troops to Afghanistan

US to send 3,500 more troops to Afghanistan

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7 Sep 2017 - 12:17
US to send 3,500 more troops to Afghanistan
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7 Sep 2017 - 12:17

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has authorised deploying about 3,500 troops to Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday.

With the fresh deployment, the US would have around 14,500 troops in Afghanistan. Last week, the Pentagon revised its earlier figure of 8,400 troops in Afghanistan to about 11,000.

Also last week, Mattis said he had signed paperwork for the deployment of additional troops. But he did not give a specific figure.

But a Pentagon official said on Wednesday Mattis had authorised about 3,500 additional troops for Afghanistan.

Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson earlier briefed members of the Congress on the new Afghan strategy. They were joined by General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats.

“The US military presence in Afghanistan should be based on our national security interests, the advice of our commanders and facts on the ground. 

“We must ensure that terrorists can never again use Afghanistan as a training ground and launching pad for terrorist attacks against our homeland,” Senator Todd Young said in a statement after the briefing.

“Afghanistan is not a short-term circumstance we face. Despite encouraging signs I saw, it doesn’t mean we are departing from Afghanistan soon,” Senator Jerry Moran told Military Times in a interview after his return from Afghanistan.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee announced holding a Congressional hearing on budget request for Afghanistan and Pakistan on September 13.

Alice G. Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs will testify before the Congressional Committee.


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