The Pentagon has considered to send about 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, according to a new report by the Associated Press.
An unnamed administration official told AP Thursday that the Pentagon will deploy nearly 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan and the decision could be announced as soon as next week.
According to the report, the additional troops will train and advise Afghan security forces. Others would be assigned to counter-terror operations against the Taliban and Islamic State militants.
The Trump Administration has been considering sending additional troops for some time. The U.S. President had reportedly been weighing a request to send 3,000 to 5,000 more U.S. troops to the country to break what top generals have described as a ‘stalemate’.
Earlier this week, Trump authorized U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis to set troop leavels in Afghanistan.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said,” This administration will not repeat the mistakes of the past. We cannot allow Afghanistan to once again become a launching point for attacks on our homeland or on our allies”.
The Afghan Defense Ministry, however, said that every option will lead to failure if the U.S. do not put pressure on Pakistan.
“If U.S. and NATO had pressure Pakistan, the ongoing war would have not lasted that long. It is a clear fact that without putting pressure on Pakistan no option could be efficient because terrorists have sanctuaries, being supported and funded there,” said the Defense Ministry Spokesman, Dawlat Waziri.
Currently, there are about 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan on a dual mission of training, advising and assisting Afghan forces in their fight against the insurgents and conducting counter-terrorism missions against al Qaeda and Islamic State groups.