Mattis signs orders to send more troops to Afghanistan

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US Secretary of Defense James Mattis says he has signed orders to send additional soldiers to Afghanistan without specifying the size of the force.

After a months-long review of his Afghanistan policy, Trump committed the last week to an open-ended conflict in the country and promised a stepped-up campaign against Afghan Taliban fighters.Mattis’ comments came a day after the Pentagon disclosed that US troop strength in Afghanistan had reached 11,000 soldiers – thousands more than it had previously stated.

The Afghan government was assessed by the US military to control or influence almost 60 percent of Afghanistan’s 407 districts as of February 20, a nearly 11 percentage-point decrease from the same time in 2016, according to data released by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

Source:  News agencies