Move to beef up troops in Afghanistan could involve Fort Drum soldiers

U.S. forces and Afghan security police are seen in Asad Khil near the site of a U.S. bombing in the Achin district of Jalalabad east of Kabul Afghanistan. The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American

Bush scored a quick success, helping allied militant groups oust the Taliban shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks, before seeing the gains slip away as American focus shifted to the Iraq war.

Earlier this week, President Trump provided his defense secretary, Jim Mattis, with the authority to determine troop levels in Afghanistan. That means there are more than 6,000 American troops in Iraq and more than 900 American troops in Syria.

During testimony on June 13 before the Senate Armed Services Committee in support of President Trump's Defense Department budget request for Fiscal Year 2018, Defense Secretary James Mattis (shown) asserted, "We are not winning in Afghanistan right now".

"We change the way we fight, we change the regional construct and we change our approach to how we deal with this government", he said.

Critics in Congress and elsewhere contend that there isn't any strategy - other than the one that has failed to stabilize the country. For example, ISIS has established a branch in Khorasan Province, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups remain active inside Afghanistan, and the Taliban continue to pose a challenge to the democratically elected government. He said Trump administration's primary national interest and the worldwide interest in Afghanistan is ensuring it does not become an "ungoverned space" from which attacks can again be launched against the USA, other nations or the Afghan people.

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A resurgent Taliban coupled with Islamic State militants have challenged US forces in the region and are taking back territory formerly under control of USA and Afghan troops.

Mattis signaled his intention to brief lawmakers on a new strategy by mid-July.

ABC News looks at the change and whether anything will change in the US military posture in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

"We're not looking at a purely military strategy", Mattis told a House Appropriations panel Thursday.

For years after the initial USA -led invasion, former Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas), the leading non-interventionist in Congress, continually noted that no war had been constitutionally authorized within Afghanistan - only the use of force against those responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

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I put pressure on the wound in his hip. "This is a tragedy which I hope does not happen again", Duncan said in the statement. The gunman responsible for the GOP congressional baseball practice shooting has died, President Donald Trump said Wednesday.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said, "I'm glad that Trump is smart enough to understand that you know more than he does and he is empowering you to make us safe".

The AP cited a Trump administration source who was not authorized to discuss the decision publicly and said the decision could be announced as early as next week.

The new deployment would bring the number of American troops in the country to over 14,000. "And we will correct this as soon as possible". "All wars come to an end". Some would say he has only himself to blame here, but it goes deeper than that, I think.

Thanks to the vigilance and skill of the US military and our many allies and partners, horrors on the scale of September 11, 2001, have not been repeated on our shores.

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Trump's personal lawyer also challenged Comey's account, saying the president never asked for the investigation to be dropped. Comey also has said Sessions did not respond when he complained he didn't "want to get time alone with the president again".


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