In late August President Donald Trump announced his plan to provide more troops overseas to Afghanistan.
Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, along with other military leaders, testified before congressional committees that the thousands of additional U-S troops ordered to Afghanistan will cost just over $1 billion dollars a year.
Julia Laude has more in this week’s ‘Military Report.’
Roughly 35-hundred more U-S troops are being sent to Afghanistan as part of the President’s new strategy.
Many of the units already deployed, including the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team from Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson, have had the mission of advising and assisting; however this deployment had been scheduled earlier in the year and isn’t a result of Trump’s recent announcement.
But according to President Trump, troops can expect to see more combat focused missions.
Donald Trump; President of the United States>>: “Always put the safety and security of our citizens first. We will pursue and honorable and enduring outcome in Afghanistan worthy of the tremendous sacrifice our troops have already made. We will give our men and women in uniform the tools they need and the trust they have earned to fight and to win.”
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says having troops stationed in Afghanistan, gives the U-S a better look at neighboring Asian countries.
Jim Mattis; U.S. Defense Secretary>>: “Instability in south Asia, as Secretary General and the President have already stated, and the extremism that it cultivates, endangers all nations as well as the people of Afghanistan.”
It is still unclear from where and when these additional troops will be deployed.
This is Julia Laude reporting.