Will more United States troops make Afghanistan secure?

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 almost 4,000 additional American

It also the largest deployment of American military might by President Trump since he took office in January.

In fact, thousands of more troops might soon be deployed to Afghanistan to help support Afghan forces in the battle against the Taliban.

Public affairs officers at the Department of Defense and Operation Inherent Resolve did not immediately respond to requests from Task & Purpose for comment. It is believed that the majority will be trainers who will support Afghan forces, as well as air crews. In late April President Trump delegated to Mattis the authority for troop levels in Iraq and Syria.

At a congressional hearing on Thursday, Mattis stressed that President Trump had not "fully delegated all authority to me, he maintains strategic oversight" for Afghanistan.

"We'd like to see if we (can) contribute to the Afghans" success in the summer of "17", Dunford said.

"This decision is part of a broader strategy we are developing that addresses our role in Afghanistan and beyond".

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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.

The United States - under Republican George W. Bush's presidency - and its allies invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001 as part of Washington's so-called war on terror. Two months earlier, Trump gave Mattis similar authority over US forces in Iraq and Syria.

"If that means we have to keep [U.S.] advisers with them a little longer, then 9/11 taught us the cost of not paying attention to this problem".

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., voiced concerns about civilian control of the military and said Trump's delegation of authority to set troop levels to the military gave him pause. "Our job is to end it as quickly as possible without losing the very mission that we've recognized, through several administrations, that was worth putting those young Americans on the line for".

While the new troops could raise fears of mission creep, Mattis told lawmakers this week he didn't envision returning to the force levels of 2010-11, when Obama thought he could pressure the Taliban into peace talks.

An Afterthought: Let's suppose for a moment that Trump actually wanted to end the Afghan war. "What is the USA objective, what's the USA mission and why are we bombing anybody in Afghanistan?" Three U.S. soldiers were killed and another was wounded in eastern Afghanistan this weekend in an attack claimed by the Taliban.

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