US to deploy 3,000 additional troops in Afghanistan

    19 de septiembre de 2017

    Washington DC, 18 Sep (efe-epa).- The United States Defense Secretary announced Monday that the Pentagon plans sending some 3,000 new troops to be deployed in Afghanistan to strengthen the US military presence in the country.

    "It is exactly over 3,000 somewhat and frankly I haven't signed the last of the orders right now as we look at specific, small elements that are going," James Mattis told reporters.

    At the end of August, Washington confirmed that the US was planning to send more troops to Afghanistan within the framework of President Donald Trump's new strategy for the Asian country, although at that time it did not specify the exact figure.

    General Mattis' announcement came after Trump confirmed on Aug 21 that the US would continue to be involved in the conflict in Afghanistan, which has lasted for almost 16 years and is the longest war in the US history.

    At the time, the president said he preferred to keep some aspects of his plan secret, such as the number of soldiers or the deadlines for the military operation, because he considered it "counterproductive" to make this information public, since, in his opinion, it gives the enemy an advantage.

    The Pentagon also confirmed at the end of August that the US has deployed 11,000 troops in Afghanistan.

    Since the conflict in Afghanistan began in late 2001, about 2,400 American soldiers have been killed and more than $700 billion has been spent on the war in Afghanistan and to fund reconstruction in the country.