4,000 more U.S. troops headed to Afghanistan
The Pentagon will send almost 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 U.S. commander in chief. The deployment will be the largest of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency.
The decision by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as early as next week, the official said. It follows Mr. Trump’s move to give Mr. Mattis the authority to set troop levels needed to address threats.
The bulk of the additional troops will train and advise Afghan forces, according to the administration official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. A smaller number would be assigned to counterterror operations against the Taliban and IS, the official said.