29 Apr '17, 5pm

The Pentagon is considering up to 5,000 additional troops for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is evaluating plans to send as many as 5,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, where America's longest war has hit a stalemate and local security forces have become overwhelmed by rising violence. The Pentagon is considering options that include between 3,000 and 5,000 conventional military personnel to advise Afghan military and police units, those focused on fighting the Taliban, plus an unspecified number of additional special operations forces to escalate counter-terror operations against the al-Qaida and Islamic State loyalists entrenched along the Pakistan border. A U.S. defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed those plans to Military Times on Saturday. The 3,000 to 5,000 figures have been reported previously, by the Reuters news agency and The Washington Post . The White House could reach its deci...

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