USA: 3,000 additional troops deployed in Afghanistan — Pentagon

Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr, US Director of the Joint Staff (English): «I think as we constantly assess the battle space, when targets present themselves that are actionable and within the law of armed conflict, we're going to strike those targets.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr, US Director of the Joint Staff (English): «I'm not prepared to actually talk about... Еще operational details. We look very closely at how foreign fighters flow into the Caliphate, not so much anymore, and how they try to get out, which is very hard for them now, for a variety of reasons. But I'm not prepared to actually say that that's the case here, and I wouldn't be able to share it if we actually knew.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Around 3,000 additional military servicemen have arrived in Afghanistan since August, Pentagon Joint Staff Director Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie told the press in a briefing in Washington DC, Thursday. The newly deployed troops join another 11, 000 troops already present in the country, totaling around 14,000. «We've just completed a force flow into Afghanistan, so the new number for Afghanistan is now approximately 14,000,» Lt. Gen. McKenzie commented. Answering a question about the US military expansion in Afghanistan being a result of «things wind[ing] down» in Syria and Iraq, McKenzie said that the US «constantly assess[es] the battle space,» adding that «when targets present themselves that are actionable and within the law of armed conflict, we're going to strike those targets.» As to the US strikes in Somalia being in response to the so-called Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) fighters fleeing to the country through Yemen, McKenzie responded, «I'm not prepared to actually say that that's the case here, and I wouldn't be able to share it if we actually knew.» The latest expansion of troops in Afghanistan comes in light of US President Donald Trump's new strategy to Afghanistan, which he outlined this August. «Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on,» Trump had said. This year marks 16 years of American presence in Afghanistan. In 2001, then US President George W. Bush launched the operation targeting the Taliban, in retaliation to the September 11 attacks.

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