U.S. Troops To Go Into Conflict in Afghanistan

Oct 4, 2017

American troops will be fighting closer to the front lines in Afghanistan. According to Defense Secretary James Mattis, U.S. troops will be fighting alongside Afghan troops to force the Taliban into peace talks. Mattis spoke to the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. "The fighting will continue to be carried out by our Afghan partners, but our advisers will accompany tactical units to advise and assist and bring NATO fire support to bear when needed. Make no mistake, this is combat duty, but the Afghan forces remain in the lead to do the fighting." The Pentagon plans to add an additional 3,000 troops to carry out the new strategy. It will bring American troop levels up to 14,000. Mattis said, “Our goal is a stabilized Afghanistan achieved by an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process." Senator McCain complained the he did not know enough of the “crucial details of this strategy.” The ailing senator scolded Mattis saying, “[T]his committee will not be a rubber stamp for any policy or president. We must be well informed. We must be convinced of the merits of the administration’s actions.”