Mattis: Trump authorized military to set troop levels in Afghanistan

Mattis: Trump authorized military to set troop levels in Afghanistan

"The delegation of this authority does not in itself change the force levels for Afghanistan", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement.

In 2009, Obama authorized a surge of 30,000 troops into Afghanistan, bringing the total there to more than 100,000, before drawing down over the rest of his presidency.

While Mattis declined to give an estimate of how many more forces he might send to Afghanistan, he told lawmakers at Senate appropriations subcommittee hearing that he would deliver an Afghan strategy by mid-July. "That meant in the mountain country, these troops were often at a disadvantage, so we change the way we fight, we change the regional construct and we change our approach to the way we deal with this [Afghan] government", Mattis said.

"This ensures the department can facilitate our missions and nimbly align our commitment to the situation on the ground", Mattis said, adding that the essential USA goals in Afghanistan remain unchanged: help Afghan combat forces gain the upper hand on the Taliban, and hunt and kill Islamic extremists affiliated with al-Qaida and the Islamic State.

The Taliban has been making a comeback in recent years.

Some in the Pentagon have complained that the Obama White House's troop management system prevented them from acting quickly, and obscured the true number of troops in the country. Today there are approximately 8,500 USA forces in the country, along with many contractors who provide logistical support for US war fighters. Their deaths came just days after a U.S. Army special forces soldier was also killed in the region.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis blamed the Obama administration Wednesday for the withdrawal of US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in 2014 that he said allowed the Taliban to regroup in Afghanistan.

When George W. Bush left office, U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan totaled about 50,000. The U.S. now has 8,400 troops in Afghanistan.

While the new troops could raise fears of mission creep, Mattis told lawmakers this week he didn't envision returning to the force levels of 2010-11, when Obama thought he could pressure the Taliban into peace talks. "They're not fighting as well as they could if we gave them the kind of air support, more intel support that we could give them", he asserted.

After 16 years and no convincing plan to finally eliminate all internal discord in sight, President Donald Trump will be giving the Pentagon free rein to add more troops to the U.S.'s ill-defined efforts in Afghanistan, reports the Washington Post and The Hill today. Our overall mission Afghanistan remains the same.

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

The broader regional USA strategy for Afghanistan remains unclear.

As of February, the U.S. military assessed that the Afghan government was in control of or influenced 59.7 percent of Afghanistan's 407 districts, almost an 11 percent-point decrease from the same time in 2016, according to data released by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR).


  • True Love Exists!

    True Love Exists!

    Moreover, for the first time, Ivy and David even did not see each other, due to the fact that their communication was online. It should be noticed that these two people began relations just as friends, as they lived in different countries.
    Gifts for casinos fans

    Gifts for casinos fans

    When it comes to novice players, they will be fully satisfied with a small table for the poker with the value of about $ 250. Oh, and if you don’t want to pay for the table a lot of money, and know how to use tools, you can make it by yourself.
    Kevin Love Could Miss Games Due To Concussion

    Kevin Love Could Miss Games Due To Concussion

    According to his database, there has only been two occasions where a player did not miss any games after a concussion. If he is not free of symptoms after a step, he has to stop until he is symptom free and start the stage over.
  • Inglewood City Council OKs negotiations for new Clippers arena

    Since West joined the Warriors after the 2010-11 season, the Warriors have gone 328-158, including winning the NBA Finals twice. Inglewood is closing in on an negotiation agreement that could lead to the construction of a new Los Angeles Clippers arena.

    Escaped Georgia inmates captured in Tennessee, authorities say

    If you know anything about the whereabouts of Donnie Rowe and Ricky DuBose , they're asking you to call the U.S. The website states that Monica was a Chicago native and had lived in Baldwin County for the past 20 years.
    Pulling out of Paris agreement is wrong

    Pulling out of Paris agreement is wrong

    From New York to Hawaii and even in some Republican-controlled states - have taken up the climate change flag. Once the hyperventilating subsides, it's easy to see why Paris is a raw deal for America.
  • Bachelor party in Kiev — unforgettable impressions are guaranteed

    Bachelor party in Kiev — unforgettable impressions are guaranteed

    Spectacular dancers will complement the spectacular dance of any composition, leaving an unforgettable impression in your memory. A special chic to the club is given by colorful and incendiary performances, over which a professional choreographer works.

    Minecraft is now available for cross-play on any device

    Microsoft' E3 press conference saw an important announcement for Minecraft with the new " Better Together Update ". This update will only be available on Xbox One and Windows PC and will look best on Xbox One X and high-end PCs.
    The Most Powerful DDoS Attack on the Internet Has Affected Russian Web Resources

    The Most Powerful DDoS Attack on the Internet Has Affected Russian Web Resources

    Unknown attackers are trying to paralyze the operation of protection services with the most powerful DDoS attacks ever. DDoS-GUARD protects against packet attacks reaching and exceeding 360 Mpps.
  • Trump lays out his Cuba policy, threatens dètente

    Trump lays out his Cuba policy, threatens dètente

    He re-established diplomatic relations with Havana in 2015 and loosened some restrictions on doing business in the country. President Donald Trump tightens restrictions on travel to Communist-run Cuba.

    Firefighters battling massive blaze in London high-rise

    Witnesses described hearing screams, watching a person fall out the high-rise block and a woman holding a baby out of a window. Grenfell Tower is managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation on behalf of the local council.
    Wise casino advices

    Wise casino advices

    Tips casino players online You need to understand the difference between traditional casinos and online casinos. Still, the main goal, anyway, is to get a prize and the opportunity to become rich without putting an effort.


Other news