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Pentagon: No Decision on US Troop Numbers in Afghanistan

The Pentagon said Friday that the defense secretary has not yet decided how many U.S. troops to commit to the fight in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary James Mattis “has made no decisions on a troop increase for Afghanistan,” wrote Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White. “As he said throughout the week in testimony, the revised Afghanistan strategy will be presented to the president for his approval in the coming weeks.” White’s statement Friday was in response to a story by The Associated Press, quoting an unnamed Trump administration official as saying the Pentagon…

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AP: About 4,000 More U.S. troops to Afghanistan

The Associated Press is quoting an anonymous Trump administration official as saying the Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan to assist the South Asian nation in its fight against a renascent Taliban insurgency. That number is similar to previous reports from other Trump administration officials. A Pentagon spokesman, however, told the Reuters news agency when asked about the AP story that “no decisions have been made” about deploying the additional troops. The AP report said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis could make the announcement about deploying the…

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