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The Pentagon is expected to intensify its campaign in Afghanistan by expanding the use of drones and deploying an estimated 1,000 advisers to accompany the Afghan troops on combat missions.
The new policies are part of an effort to shift resources from the winding down war against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) in Iraq and Syria to Asia.
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According to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ):
The idea is to bulk up the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan by the time the traditional fighting season begins in the spring. The military will send a larger number of drones, both armed and unarmed, to Afghanistan for air support as well as for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
Pentagon - Capabilities - Helicopters - Ground - Vehicles
The Pentagon also plans to bolster capabilities such as helicopters, ground vehicles, artillery and related materiel, U.S. officials said, moves made possible by a reduction of combat operations in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State extremist group.
Gen. Joseph Votel, the chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), recently indicated that the U.S. wants to prepare to ramp up its campaign against the Taliban, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), and other jihadist groups in Afghanistan beyond the fighting season and into the winter months.
February - US - President - Donald - Trump
As soon as February, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is expected to deploy members...
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