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Security situation in Afghanistan likely to get worse: US intel chief

Security situation in Afghanistan likely to get worse: US intel chief

"It costs over $4 billion a year to keep the Afghan national security forces in operation, apart from other things that we need to assist the Afghanis with", Mr Richardson said.

The BBC said this could include deploying additional British troops as the USA looks to increase its presence by 3,000. -Afghan operation in eastern Afghanistan on April 27.

Some US officials said they questioned the benefit of sending more troops to Afghanistan because any politically palatable number would not be enough to turn the tide, much less create stability and security.

Both sides also appear to buy into the false narrative of a "stalemate" in Afghanistan, with one side arguing a little more force will break it, and the other side arguing that a shift without more troops will be able to do it.

Additional troops called for in a proposal drafted by Trump's chief advisers. We will make decisions on the scale and the scope of the mission within weeks. And many said that it was equally crucial for the United States to press next-door Pakistan to stop harboring anti-Afghan insurgents, a charge Pakistan has denied.




U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly demanded that European allies increase their military spending so that the United States shoulders less of the financial burden for the Continent's security umbrella. "The challenge of leaders bickering in the government is far more serious", he added.

The fight against terrorism and burden sharing will be the main issues at a Brussels summit at the end of the month, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Wednesday. Several said a USA decision to send more troops would also send an important "hands-off" message to those powers.

Mr Turnbull said the government would take into account other Australian Defence Force commitments in the region and emphasised the importance of training Afghan security forces to build their capacity.

In February, U.S. General John Nicholson, commander of foreign troops in Afghanistan, told a Congressional hearing he needed several thousand more worldwide troops to break a stalemate with the Taliban. Identifying the groups that posed this threat, he said: "We remain focused on the defeat of Al Qaeda, its associates, as well as the defeat of ISIS-K, which is the ISIS affiliate there in Afghanistan".

"President Obama overly idealized political and diplomatic solutions".

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