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Will more USA troops make Afghanistan secure?

"It's going to have to be one that marries itself to reality and the current level of support" already being provided by American and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops, as well as the current capabilities of the country's police and military, he added.

The Pentagon is reportedly considering deploying an extra 3,000 to 5,000 troops - some of whom would come from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies - in Afghanistan to help train and advise local forces fighting the Taliban and other insurgent groups.

Public affairs officers at the Department of Defense and Operation Inherent Resolve did not immediately respond to requests from Task & Purpose for comment. A long-term U.S. commitment of more troops and more money with continued internecine warfare in Afghanistan.

The strategy will be "one that takes into account Afghanistan as part of South Asia", Mattis said, adding that "9/11 taught us the cost of not paying attention to this problem".

The Trump administration's yet-to-be released war plan for Afghanistan will likely take a wider view of the ongoing conflict, focusing on the regional implications of any US escalation in the country, Defense Secretary James Mattis told lawmakers Thursday.




A day earlier, Mattis told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defence that the United States is considering issues from India, Pakistan and other nations in the region as part of its Afghan review. Afghan leaders endorse the idea of more USA troops, having lost significant ground to the Taliban in recent months.

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.

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

Mattis told a House Appropriations panel on Thursday he didn't foresee returning to the force levels of 2010-11, when then-President Barack Obama was trying to pressure the Taliban into peace talks.

Mattis will be able to set troop levels in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan but the broad strokes for the American military missions there will still be closely coordinated by the administration and other agencies. "All wars come to an end. Our job is to end it as quickly as possible without losing the very mission that we've recognized, through several administrations, that was worth putting those young Americans on the line for", he said. Three U.S. soldiers were killed and another was wounded in eastern Afghanistan this weekend in an attack claimed by the Taliban.

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