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Afghanistan Pullout Would Be 'To Our Ultimate Peril': Mattis

Afghanistan Pullout Would Be 'To Our Ultimate Peril': Mattis

In August, Trump reversed course on a campaign pledge to pull USA troops from Afghanistan, instead laying out a new but vague plan to boost the troop count there.

He added that the situation in Afghanistan was now a stalemate.

Mattis said that more than 3,000 additional us troops are being sent to Afghanistan to reinforce the 11,000 USA troops already stationed in the country.

Mattis said, "Yes, senator, I do".

Even with about 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, that's still well below of the peak during the surge in August 2010 when there were about 100,000 service members in Afghanistan.

On the other hand, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said that Pakistani Intelligence seems to be running its own policy.

Mattis said "regionalize" means to take a comprehensive view to resolving the war that includes regional players India, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, and China. "But the Afghan forces remain in the lead to do the fighting".

"We've been holding nominations. from the Pentagon to fill in those Pentagon jobs", said Sen. USA is also said to be conferring with U.K on the matter.

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Although Trump insisted he would not talk about numbers of troops, he hinted he would embrace the Pentagon's proposal to boost troop numbers by almost 4,000, augmenting the roughly 8,400 Americans now stationed there. There are now about 320,000 Afghan national security forces serving in the war-torn nation. "There have been certainly some areas where they were not temporarily in that regard, but overall our intelligence community believes that they have been compliant and the IAEA also says so", Mattis said, using an acronym for the International Atomic Energy Agency. "We are also working with Secretary General Stoltenberg to ensure that NATO's equities are brought to bear", Mattis said responding to a question on why would Pakistan change its mind on terrorist safe havens this time, PTI reported. The trainers will be embedded at the unit level, closer to the front lines, as opposed to the strategic level.

"Right now, I think I have what I need", he said.

Both officials were testifying at the US Senate Armed Services Committee on the US's strategy in Afghanistan+.

Dunford said that, for many years, there has been a "short-term" view on Afghanistan, which led Afghans, the Taliban, and regional actors to hedge, assuming the U.S. was going to pull out.

During his speech, Trump leaned on India to move forward on Afganistan where the United States has been engaged in a fight to overcome the Taliban for over sixteen years. However, in most cases, they can see it's going to roads and to hospitals.

"My instinct was to pull out", Trump said as he spoke of his frustration with a war that has killed thousands of United States troops and cost U.S. taxpayers trillions of dollars. "Those without have not won", said Mattis.

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