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President Trump grants Pentagon authority to manage troop levels in Afghanistan

By The U.S. Army (Afghanistan patrol) [CC BY 2.0 or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Donald Trump has granted the Pentagon the authority to manage troop levels in Afghanistan according to a US official.

A U.S official speaking on the condition of anonymity reportedly told the AFP that Jim Mattis, the Pentagon chief can now directly adjust troop numbers in Afghanistan.

“The White House has done the same that it did with Iraq and Syria, which is to grant the secretary of defense the authority to set troop levels,” the official told AFP.

The President’s decision contrasts the former President Barack Obama means of managing troops. Under the Obama administration troop levels were closely managed by the White House

It is expected that this change will be seen as a welcome one to commanders who have felt limited by the previous administrations method.

Currently there is around 8,400 troops stationed in Afghanistan. The amount could be set to increase after this change.

By Aaron O’Leary – Media Bias Fact Check

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