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Mattis: US to send 3000 more troops to Afghanistan

Mattis: US to send 3000 more troops to Afghanistan”

Defense Secretary James Mattis on Monday confirmed the United States will send 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

The new deployment will raise the number of USA forces in the South Asian country to over 14,000, as the 16th anniversary of war there approaches.

Monday's announcement comes after the Trump administration made a decision to pursue a more aggressive strategy in Afghanistan.

He noted that most of the troops were either on their way, or had been notified of their deployment.

The war turns 16 next month, and is America's longest-ever conflict.

In August, however, Trump said he was responding to military commanders' requests for more troops, and establishing what he called a "conditions-based approach" to evaluating troop levels and military operations in Afghanistan.

The president's new strategy for Afghanistan will take a page from successful USA efforts over the past two years to strengthen Iraqi security forces against the Islamic State group with better training, logistical support and the battlefield backup of US artillery and air strikes on enemy positions.

Trump's plan has been welcomed by Afghanistan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.



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