US To Send 1000 More Troops To Afghanistan While The Country Is Still Suffering From The War

The United States Army is making plans to send as many as 1,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan by this spring, a move that would boost troop levels to nearly twice the number present in the country before President Trump ordered an escalation last year, the Washington Post newspaper reported Sunday.

Trump has nearly doubled the number of troops deployed in Afghanistan from 8,500 to 14,000 since taking office last year. There are 14,000 US troops already present in the war-torn country which show a stark contrast between the former president Obama administration’s efforts to slowly pull out of Afghanistan in 2015 and Trump’s aggressive strategy.

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On December 28, 2014, a ceremony in Kabul officially marked the conclusion of America’s longest war in Afghanistan. Obama called that day “a milestone for our country.” After more than 13 years, he said: “our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.”

Last week, at least 18 people dead during an assault inside one of Kabul’s five-star Intercontinental Hotel which threw Afghanistan’s capital city back into crisis.

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“It’s just another sign that sixteen years after we’ve gone into this country we still can’t keep the capital city safe,” said Colin Clarke, an expert on terrorism and insurgency at RAND Corporation: “It’s just an extremely fragile, precarious situation still”.

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The US Forces have been in Afghanistan since October 2001. During their campaign, 2,35 thousand of US soldiers were killed, and more than 20,000 were injured, as their attacks and civilian casualties remained stubbornly high.

Trump has given the Pentagon free rein to become more aggressive in Afghanistan, loosening rules of engagement and increasing airstrikes against both Taliban and ISIS fighters. American forces have responded with a threefold increase in bombings in the war-torn country.

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