Mattis Signed Orders For Troop Deployment

Sep 1, 2017

Defense Secretary James Mattis signed the orders to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan. "Yes, I have signed orders but it is not complete. In other words I have signed some of the [orders for] troops that will go and we are identifying the specific ones.” Mattis did not say how many troops will be involved. But it is believed that up to 4,000 additional soldiers may be sent. Last week President Trump said that leaving Afghanistan would lead to “predictable and unacceptable” outcomes. He said that the military will “fight to win.” "From now on victory will have a clear definition: Attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan, and stopping mass terror attacks before they emerge," said the president. Afghanistan is now America’s longest running war, and the deployment will only deepen American involvement in Afghanistan. Candidate Trump called on the United States to wind down its involvement in Afghanistan. But he changed his mind once he became president and influenced by the generals running the war.