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    Posted: 12-Apr-2017 at 6:19pm
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to focus on assessing Afghanistan


President Trump announced the move during a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jans Stoltenberg. McMaster's trip will focus on assessing whether more US forces are needed to turn around the war in Afghanistan, which has been ongoing since late 2001.

In February, Army Gen. John Nicholson told Congress he needed a "few thousand" more troops in order to break what he called a "stalemate" with the Taliban.

There are about 8,400 US troops there, along with 5,000 from NATO allies.

The situation in Afghanistan is far from a stalemate, however. The latest assessment from the Institute for the Study of War released in February shows the situation has been deteriorating, especially since troop levels were lowered significantly after 2011.

Of about 400 districts in Afghanistan, the Taliban controls, contests, or influences 171 of them, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.



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