Pentagon to send 4000 additional US forces to Afghanistan, report says

The US now has around 8,400 soldiers in Afghanistan with about another 5,000 troops from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The proposal has yet to be approved by US President Donald Trump, but according to reports, Trump will signing off on the recommendation, which is the result of a broad review by the Pentagon, the State Department, intelligence community and other government agencies on the Afghan war.

Four months ago, Army Gen. John Nicholson, who commands US and worldwide forces in Afghanistan, said he needed several thousand more troops.

"We can not allow Afghanistan to once again become a launching point for attacks on our homeland or on our allies", he said, alluding to the former Taliban government's granting haven to Al-Qaeda before the September 11, 2011 terror attacks in the US.

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President Trump has granted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis control over troop levels in Afghanistan, a US official told Reuters on Tuesday. The Taliban were driven from the country's major population centers and a new government led by Hamid Karzai was installed with US support.

For years after the initial USA -led invasion, former Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), the leading non-interventionist in Congress, continually noted that no war had been constitutionally authorized within Afghanistan - only the use of force against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

"And ignoring those means you put in a strategy that has not taken into account some of the most fundamental factors that would impact on its success or failure", Mattis said.

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"We're not looking at a purely military strategy", he said.

But General Raymond Thomas, commander of the US Special Operations Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last month that the new Trump administration could permit more direct engagement between US forces and the Taliban.

The new influx of troops is thought to be in the range of 3,000 to 5,000, according to current and former US officials, as reported by Reuters.

As a candidate, Trump deplored the waste of America's wars and suggested he would try to end them. Three U.S. soldiers were killed and another was wounded in eastern Afghanistan this weekend in an attack claimed by the Taliban. However, the danger continues to evolve and that danger requires a commitment to defeat terrorist organizations that threaten the United States, other nations, and the people of Afghanistan.

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