Inside the Pentagon - June 15, 2017

Mattis given authority over Afghanistan troop increases ahead of new strategy

June 14, 2017 |
Justin Doubleday
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President Trump granted Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to increase troop levels in Afghanistan this week, as the administration prepares a new strategy for the conflict there that has embroiled the United States for nearly 16 years. Mattis confirmed his new authority during a June 14 Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing. He said the U.S. mission in Afghanistan remains the same -- to train, advise and assist Afghan forces -- as officials finalize a new strategy to present to...

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