Pentagon deciding whether to send more troops to Afghanistan

"As he said throughout the week in [congressional] testimony, the revised Afghanistan strategy will be presented to the president for his approval in the coming weeks," White said.

The Pentagon statement came in response to an Associated Press report that indicated Mattis decided to send about 4,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan which would be announced as early as next week.

Mattis told a congressional committee on Thursday that he will manage troop levels in Afghanistan under the strategic guidance of President Trump.

The Pentagon is mulling sending between 2,000 to 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, according to a military official.

In February, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, told Congress that he would like additional U.S. troops to make up a shortfall in trainers of the Afghan military.

A U.S. official on Friday said the Pentagon is weighing sending additional troops who could provide specific logistical and intelligence support to the Afghan military.

Mattis also told a congressional committee this week that he would like to ensure that the Afghan military has access to more coalition air power.


June 16, 2017

Sources:` ABC News

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