4000 troops will be deployed to Afghanistan, per White House official

U.S. forces and Afghan security police are seen in Asad Khil near the site of a U.S. bombing in the Achin district of Jalalabad east of Kabul Afghanistan. The Pentagon will send

U.S. forces and Afghan security police are seen in Asad Khil near the site of a U.S. bombing in the Achin district of Jalalabad east of Kabul Afghanistan. The Pentagon will send

McChrystal broke with Mattis's decision to send 4,000 additional troops to supplement the about 8,400 troops already in the country, warning against the possibility of the USA footprint in the country becoming too large.

Unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, who kept battlefield commanders on a tight leash and scrutinized each deployment, President Donald Trump has deferred to top brass - the men he likes to call "my generals".

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon will send nearly 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said Thursday, hoping to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third us commander in chief.

Public affairs officers at the Department of Defense and Operation Inherent Resolve did not immediately respond to requests from Task & Purpose for comment.

There are more than 8,400 American troops in Afghanistan with a mission of training, advising and assisting the Afghan military in its fight against the Taliban and the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan.

"We're not looking at a purely military strategy", he said. Gen. John Nicholson, the top USA commander there, has said the troops are necessary to properly train and advise the Afghan military and perform work handled at greater cost by contractors.

As a candidate, Trump deplored the waste of America's wars and suggested he would try to end them.

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ABC News looks at the change and whether anything will change in the USA military posture in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

The Times article referred to the exchange between Mattis and Trump during the committee hearing that day, noting that Mattis sought to ease McCain's concerns "by hinting that some troops might be sent as an interim step before the administration's new strategy is finalized".

"Bringing the authority really back here where it's historically been enables military commanders to be more agile, to more quickly and efficiently support partners, to have more rapid decision-making, and to keep units together", said Davis.

Though the invasion wrested control of most of the country from the Taliban, bin Laden fled the country and went into hiding in Pakistan until captured and killed by USA special forces in 2011.

Mattis will be able to set troop levels in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan but the broad strokes for the American military missions there will still be closely coordinated by the administration and other agencies.

An Afterthought: Let's suppose for a moment that Trump actually wanted to end the Afghan war.

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