Pentagon sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has decided to send nearly 4,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to help the country’s army break an impasse in the war against a resurgent Taliban, a Trump administration official said Thursday. The move could be announced as early as next week. President Trump has given authority on setting troop levels to Mattis, who has warned that the U.S. is short-handed in Afghanistan as it tries to train and advise Afghan forces. Increasing attacks by the Islamic State in Afghanistan have added to the sense of urgency. Obama authorized a surge of 30,000 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2009, bringing the total to 100,000, before drawing down the forces for the rest of his presidency until slowing the pace of the withdrawal and setting a cap of 8,400 troops last year, with about 2,000 more on temporary duty.

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