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This administration will not repeat the mistakes of the past. He said Trump administration's primary national interest and the global interest in Afghanistan is ensuring it does not become an "ungoverned space" from which attacks can again be launched against the United States, other nations or the Afghan people. This is mainly a disagreement between different interventionists.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that President Donald Trump is still fully engaged on Afghanistan despite his delegation of authority on strategy and troop levels to the military.
While the new troops could raise fears of mission creep, Mattis told lawmakers this week he didn't envision returning to the force levels of 2010-11, when Obama thought he could pressure the Taliban into peace talks.
A Pentagon spokesman, Christopher Sherwood, said no decision has been made yet.
Trump, who has spoken against the Afghan war, has dubbed the 2001 invasion and following occupation of Afghanistan as "Obama's war", but now his administration is sending thousands of more troops to the war-torn country, signaling a policy shift.
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Her mother has said victor was a specialist in Pashto, Farsi and Dari, languages spoken in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. There were no records of victor misbehaving or receiving disciplinary action when she served the military.
"If that means we have to keep [U.S.] advisers with them a little longer, then 9/11 taught us the cost of not paying attention to this problem". Furthermore, we should question why we still have troops there nearly 16 years later. For example, ISIS has established a branch in Khorasan Province, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups remain active inside Afghanistan, and the Taliban continue to pose a challenge to the democratically elected government.
Though the invasion wrested control of most of the country from the Taliban, bin Laden fled the country and went into hiding in Pakistan until captured and killed by US special forces in 2011. However, toward the end of Karzai's term, the Taliban reorganized and began to control more of the country.
Trump's decision Tuesday to give Mattis authority to set force levels in Afghanistan mirrored similar powers he handed over earlier this year for USA fights in Iraq and Syria. His son, Rand Paul, became a US senator representing Kentucky in 2011 and also has been outspoken on foreign policy and other issues.
As a candidate, Trump deplored the waste of America's wars and suggested he would try to end them.
"I think there's going to have to be an adequate ground force, but I don't think it should be primarily American", McChrystal said. "What is the USA objective, what's the USA mission and why are we bombing anybody in Afghanistan?" In recent years security in the country declined as the United States continued to decrease forces.
Paul's 2015 commentary is still relevant: "Why are we still at war in Afghanistan?"