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APNewsBreak: About 4000 more US troops to go to Afghanistan

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President Trump has granted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis control over troop levels in Afghanistan, a USA official told Reuters on Tuesday.

The 16-year US military involvement in Afghanistan is the longest war in the nation's history, and all indications are that it will be getting longer.

Insisting that the United States can not allow Afghanistan to once again become a launching point for attacks on USA homeland and it's allies, Mattis said "We are making progress in degrading these groups, but their defeat will come about only by giving our men and women on the ground the support and the authorities they need to win".

Yesterday afternoon, the President directed the Department of Defense to set troop levels in Afghanistan.

ABC News looks at the change and whether anything will change in the USA military posture in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

"And we will do so", the Pentagon chief said before the House subpanel.

In fact, thousands of more troops might soon be deployed to Afghanistan to help support Afghan forces in the battle against the Taliban.

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"We are not winning in Afghanistan right now", Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

Although Trump has delegated authority for USA troop numbers in Afghanistan, the responsibility for America's wars and the men and women who fight in them rests on his shoulders. But Congress has grown impatient with the administration's approach, with lawmakers attributing the White House's indecisiveness to infighting among different factions inside the administration.

In a crisis, "I'm hoping in those few minutes he picks up the phone and calls you", Durbin told Mattis. We recalled the reason why our nation sent troops to Afghanistan originally, noting that we invaded the country in October 2001 in response to the Taliban government's refusal to hand over Osama bin Laden, the founder of al-Qaeda and supposed mastermind of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The change was made public hours after Sen. While Trump has handed over the troop level decision-making, there is nothing preventing him from taking it back. Afghan leaders endorse the idea of more USA troops, having lost significant ground to the Taliban in recent months.

Trump's decision Tuesday to give Mattis authority to set force levels in Afghanistan mirrored similar powers he handed over earlier this year for USA fights in Iraq and Syria.

"We'd like to see if we (can) contribute to the Afghans" success in the summer of "17", Dunford said.

The caps became most visible after the USA military returned to Iraq in 2014 to train and advise the Iraqi military in the fight against ISIS. "What is the USA objective, what's the USA mission and why are we bombing anybody in Afghanistan?"

"I think this goes to a bigger question and this is the question President Obama should have to answer: Why are we still at war in Afghanistan?" In recent years security in the country declined as the United States continued to decrease forces.

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