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U.S. SOD Jim Mattis says he will make some decisions soon on whether to increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and whether the totals should be based on military requirements rather than pre-set limits.

Mattis says he spoke by video conference for several hours on Sunday with the top commander in Afghanistan, U.S. Gen. John Nicholson. The Pentagon chief says he will collect his thoughts and then send recommendations to the White House. He says President Donald Trump is open to his advice.

Earlier in February, Gen. Nicholson told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he needs a few thousand more troops to be able to carry out his tasks in country.

The conflict in Afghanistan is in it’s 16th year, defense and military brass want a troop level based on military requirements rather than a political set  number.

“The president has been rightfully reticent on it because he’s waiting for my assessment and the assessment from the intelligence community.  It shouldn’t take too long. I’ve got to integrate a fair number of issues to give a good recommendation for the way ahead.”~SOD Mattis

Obama ordered a cut in U.S. troops to 8,400 last year, commanders were forced to hire contractors to do jobs that American forces would normally do.

Nicholson said that because of the troop cut, the aviation brigade that deployed to Afghanistan was able to bring its helicopters, pilots and staff. But its mechanics had to behind at Fort Riley, Kansas, and contractors were hired instead at a cost of “tens of millions of dollars,” affecting the unit’s readiness.

SOD Mattis also discussed that part of his evaluation will look at “what other countries in the region are doing in Afghanistan to help or hinder us.”  According to Gen. Nicholson, Russian meddling is complicating the counter-terrorism fight.


AFF’s Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.

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