Trump Settles on Afghan Strategy Expected to Raise Troop Levels
AMMAN (Jordan) – President Trump, who has been accused by lawmakers of addressing Afghanistan, has set himself a new strategy for the nearly 16-year conflict, administration. The relocation, following a detailed examination, will likely open the deployment of several thousand troops.
“The president has made a decision,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters during a night flight that arrived in Amman, Jordan on Sunday. “I am very confident that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous.”
Mr. Mattis refused to say what measures the president had ordered, including at the troop level, saying that the president wanted to describe the new approach himself.
The Secretary of Defense was given authority in June to send up to 3,900 troops to Afghanistan so that the US army could expand its efforts to advise Afghan forces and support them with US artillery and ‘aviation. But Mr. Mattis refrained from strengthening the US force until the Trump administration accepted a broader strategy.
The White House said in a statement that Mr Trump would approach the American public and American troops “on a path forward for America’s engagement in Afghanistan and South Asia” in a speech in Fort Myer , Virginia, Monday night.
US military commanders argued in the multi-month policy assessment that additional troops would allow the United States to reverse the gains made by Taliban and militant groups such as the Afghan Afghan affiliate, the Islamic State of Khorasan.
Administration officials, under the order to let Mr. Trump announce the details, suggested that any US commitment to increase levels of force would require action by the Afghans, such as doing more to fight corruption.
Mr. Trump’s Monday night speech will be his first televised speech across the country, since he spoke before the Congress in January and follows a week of controversy over his reaction to racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia .
In the case of Afghanistan, Mr. Trump has taken up his post as Chief Skeptic, and any increased engagement presents political risks to the President, who has brought tired voters to war with his sharp criticism of involvement American in the country.
“We should have a quick withdrawal Why should we keep wasting our money – rebuild the United States!” Mr. Trump tweeted about Afghanistan in January 2013, when he was planning to report to the office in 2016.
The issue of Afghanistan has been the source of a long-standing debate at the White House, Stephen K. Bannon, recently withdrawn as Trump’s senior advisor, fought the army’s recommendation for more troops and Has supported a number of alternative options – including using Private Entrepreneurs instead of US forces.
The decision on troops is only one element of a military and political plan for the region that Mr. Trump and his assistants have been discussing for months, and it is politically important for the president to distinguish his approach from the politics of the region. The era of Obama. Critical….