News Alert: Trump administration poised to expand military role in Afghanistan, putting U.S. back on a war footing with the Taliban

The new plan, which was proposed by President Trump’s most senior military and foreign policy advisers, calls for expanding the U.S. military role as part of a broader effort to push a resurgent Taliban back to the negotiating table, U.S. officials said. The plan still must be approved by Trump and comes at the end of a sweeping policy review built around the president’s desire to reverse worsening security in Afghanistan and “start winning” again, said one U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The new strategy would authorize the Pentagon, not the White House, to set troop numbers in Afghanistan and would allow the military far broader authority to use airstrikes to target Taliban militants.

 
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News Alert Mon., May. 08, 2017 6:31 p.m.
 
 
Trump administration poised to expand military role in Afghanistan, putting U.S. back on a war footing with the Taliban
The new plan, which was proposed by President Trump’s most senior military and foreign policy advisers, calls for expanding the U.S. military role as part of a broader effort to push a resurgent Taliban back to the negotiating table, U.S. officials said. The plan still must be approved by Trump and comes at the end of a sweeping policy review built around the president’s desire to reverse worsening security in Afghanistan and “start winning” again, said one U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The new strategy would authorize the Pentagon, not the White House, to set troop numbers in Afghanistan and would allow the military far broader authority to use airstrikes to target Taliban militants.
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