US sending 1000s more troops to Afghanistan

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The US military will ask the Donald Trump administration next week to deploy thousands more troops to Afghanistan, a senior official says. reports citing to PressTV US media have reported that the Pentagon will request between 3,000 and 5,000 conventional military personnel, mainly to advise and assist Afghan military and police units in the fight against the Taliban.

The Pentagon is also weighing a plan to deploy an unspecified number of Special Operations troops supposedly to escalate ground operations against al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIL) militants.

"I expect that these proposals will go to the president within the next week," Theresa Whelan, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations, said in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday.

Whelan added that the goal is "to move beyond the stalemate and also to recognize that Afghanistan is a very important partner for the United States in a very tricky region."

The US currently has around 8,400 soldiers in Afghanistan with about another 5,000 troops from NATO allies.

2017.05.05 / 09:12
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