Friday, February 10, 2017

Top Afghan Gen. Asks Congress for More Troops; Wants Thousands More Troops to Beat Terrorists

The head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan told Congress yesterday he needs several thousand more troops to break the "stalemate" in the fight against the Taliban and other terrorist groups in that country, the Military Times website reports today (February 10, 2017).

Gen. John Nicholson Jr., commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, said those additional forces could either be U.S. servicemembers or other coalition allies.

Nicholson's request for more troops comes as lawmakers await President Trump's long-term plan for the 15-year-old war, and as lawmakers continue to spar over former President Barack Obama's Afghan strategy.

About 8,500 U.S. troops and another 5,000 troops from foreign allies are still stationed in Afghanistan -- even though the official combat mission there ended in 2014.

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