U.S.President Donald Trump's plan to end America's longest war and eliminate Afghanistan's rising extremist threat involves sending up to 3,900 additional U.S. troops, senior officials said Tuesday. The first deployments could take place within days.
Afghanistan's chief executive is welcoming U.S. President Trump's strategy for Afghanistan, calling it a unique opportunity to fight terrorists in the region and insisting that it renews the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan and its people.
U.S. military commanders say they need more forces to better train Afghan soldiers to combat the escalating threat. They're hoping President Donald Trump heeds their calls when he outlines his new war strategy.
Signalling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army's new special operations corps, declaring that "we are with you and we will stay with you."