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Trump gives Pentagon authority to set Afghan troop levels

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U.S. President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, opening the door for future troop increases requested by the U.S. commander.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no immediate decision had been made about the troop levels, which are now set at about 8,400.

The Pentagon declined to comment.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-troops-idUSKBN19431H?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=5940cb0804d3011a638c6f4a&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter

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Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday confirmed to lawmakers that President Trump has given him authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, but said any new additions to U.S. forces there haven’t been decided.

“At noon yesterday, President Trump delegated to me the authority to manage troop numbers in Afghanistan,” Mattis said in his opening remarks at a Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing.

Mattis said the decision does not immediately change U.S. troop levels, now at 8,400 in Afghanistan, and the decision does not signal a broader change in military strategy there.

Mattis added that the Pentagon is working on a broad Afghanistan policy to be sent to Trump in several weeks. He added that the troop levels will be consistent with Trump’s “strategic direction and foreign policy.”

http://thehill.com/policy/defense/337758-trump-gives-pentagon-authority-to-set-afghan-troop-levels

This one almost slipped past my radar! It is not good! What if they decide to just go all in?

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