Trump looks to military members for new ideas on Afghanistan

Trump looks to military members for new ideas on Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan received little attention on the campaign trail past year, with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump focusing on the USA -led coalition to defeat the terrorist group known as ISIS or ISIL.

The US forces have been supporting the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, or ANDSF, under NATO's mission fighting against the ISIS-supported Taliban for 15 years now.

"We are not winning in Afghanistan", Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee last month, according to the Times.

Now 8,400 USA troops are in Afghanistan, training and advising local security forces. The Pentagon repeatedly has said its Afghanistan war plan would be on President Trump's desk by mid-July.

He's largely ceded decision-making to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who is expected to send almost 4,000 more troops to the country this summer.

But recent reports claiming that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster instituted a soft cap of 3,900 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that could be sent to Afghanistan has put a damper on such assumptions.

"He's clearly being cautious about cashing that check", said a former US official who spoke to the Post. But Mattis has yet to pull the trigger on sending the additional forces until the administration can agree on a final strategy for Afghanistan, said USA officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing internal planning.

USA soldiers gather near the scene of a helicopter crash in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on April 9, 2013.

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Afghanistan policy has been a thorn in the side of the administration since it took over in January.

But such an approach has been met with skepticism by senior officials in the Pentagon and the State Department, who said that Pakistan is unlikely to change its behavior and that efforts to pressure Islamabad would likely lead to greater instability in the region.

The meeting did not focus on troop levels in Afghanistan, but a broader view of the region and the US strategy regarding Pakistan, which has provided a haven for the Taliban, the Post reported.

Mattis has been developing a new strategy for the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan that was expected to meet Nicholson's long-standing request for 3,000-5,000 more USA troops.

"It's our longest war".

"We'll see", Trump said about Afghanistan.

"We have plenty of ideas from a lot of people, but I want to hear it from the people on the ground", said Trump.

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