11 Sep '17, 8pm

Mattis signs orders to send about 3,500 more US troops to Afghanistan

Mattis signs orders to send about 3,500 more US troops to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has signed orders to deploy an additional brigade-sized force to Afghanistan, two defense officials told Military Times. Mattis authorized the deployments through the Secretary of Defense Orders Book, or SDOB, process last week and through a few earlier approvals, the officials said. The SDOB is a biweekly process where combatant commander requests for forces are validated and sourced, then presented to the defense secretary for his approval and signature. However, it won’t be a particular brigade deploying, the officials said. Instead it will be a total of approximately 3,500 forces from all the services, in order to add more air and ground assets to Afghanistan’s campaign against the Taliban and also to conduct operations against various terror groups in Afghanistan, including the Islamic State. The Pentagon will work to ident...

Full article: http://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2017/09/1...

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