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Pentagon: U.S. Troop Deployment to Afghanistan ‘Delayed’ by Hurricane Relief Efforts

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 Ukshep    25,443

The U.S. military’s involvement in hurricane relief efforts has “slightly delayed” the deployment of additional American troops to Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon.

“Forces are flowing to Afghanistan, they have been slightly delayed by ongoing hurricane relief efforts,” Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, joint staff director, told reporters, adding:

The [defense] department has been very aggressive in supporting FEMA [U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency] and the other agencies of the United States government, given the fact that we have a finite number of transport aircraft that will inevitably slow movement to other theaters.

And that — the slight delay in the flow of forces to Afghanistan —  [is] just sort of a natural component of that.

This week, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis warned lawmakers that hurricane relief efforts could have an impact on deployments, but did not specifically mention Afghanistan, Reuters reported.


Something good came out of the hurricanes after all. Sadly. It only bought time!

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