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Trump reverses troop reduction in Afghanistan, empowers Pentagon to decide

The US-led coalition ended their combat mission against the Taliban in 2014

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US President Donald Trump has given Defence Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to determine troop levels in Afghanistan, media reports said on Wednesday, paving the way for sending more American forces to the war-torn country. Such an authorisation was granted to Mattis by Trump yesterday. Mattis, according to The New York Times, is believed to favour sending several thousand more troops to Afghanistan but has not taken a final decision in this regard. Neither the White House nor the Pentagon confirmed the news. "I don't have anything I can comment on that right now. I ...

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First Published: Wed, June 14 2017. 13:46 IST
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