US sending almost 4,000 extra forces to Afghanistan, Trump official says

In an attempt to break a stalemate in a war that has passed to a third president, the move will be the largest deployment of US manpower under Trump

The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, according to a Trump administration official, an attempt to break a stalemate in a war that has now passed to a third US commander-in-chief.

The decision by defense secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as early as next week, the official said, and will be the largest deployment of American manpower under Donald Trump’s young presidency.

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