09 May '17, 1pm

US to depend on NATO to supply most of the additional forces in Afghanistan

JERUSALEM — The number of troops that the United States will add to the fight in Afghanistan will depend on how many additional forces NATO supplies to expand the battle against terrorists there, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday. President Donald Trump’s administration was close to approving an agreement that would potentially send several thousand additional U.S. forces to Afghanistan, according to reports Monday in The New York Times and The Washington Post. However, Dunford told reporters traveling with him in Israel that the number of U.S. forces to be deployed has not been decided and Trump has not yet been briefed on the Pentagon's new plan for Afghanistan. The plan will include how many troops are needed to fulfill the NATO-led train-and-advise mission and strengthen the U.S. counterterrorism effort, Dunford said. Toget...

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