4,000 more US troops to be sent to Afghanistan – report
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is reportedly set to announce an increase of about 4,000 US troops in Afghanistan. Most of the US boots on the ground will train or advise Afghan forces, but some will battle both a resurgent Taliban and Islamic State.
The Associated Press reported Thursday evening that the Pentagon will deploy nearly 4,000 more US troops to Afghanistan, based on information from an unnamed administration official.
The Trump administration official told AP that an official announcement may come next week.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump authorized the Pentagon, headed by Secretary Mattis, to determine the number of US forces necessary to take on the twin insurgencies of the Taliban and Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).
The majority of the newly deployed US forces will reportedly be training and advising Afghan troops, while some others will carry out counterterrorism operations.
There have been about 2,400 US military deaths in the war-torn country since congressional authorization for military force in Afghanistan took effect in 2001, following the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania, where 2,996 Americans were killed and more than double that were wounded.