US considers 'boosting troop presence' in Afghanistan

2017-05-10 10:26


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Washington - US military officials and advisers to Donald Trump's administration have drafted a proposal to increase the number of soldiers in Afghanistan, according to several media reports in the United States.

The reported recommendation comes after an alleged broad review conducted by the Pentagon, the State Department, intelligence agencies and other government institutions.

Sources quoted by the US media said the increase would range between 3 000 and 5 000 soldiers, including Special Operations forces.

The aim of such a step would be to break the military stalemate in Afghanistan and push the Taliban - who have made gains in recent months - to negotiate with the Kabul government, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump will receive a proposed new approach to the war within a week, Theresa Whelan, a Pentagon policy official, told US senators during a hearing last week.

Matthew Glanville, former special adviser to Iraqi,  Afghan and US governments, said that a troop increase without a strong commitment to force the Taliban to the negotiating table would have limited impact.

"There has to be a serious engagement with negotiating with the Taliban," he told Al Jazeera from London.

"The Taliban will only negotiate under pressure or in the face of significant international forces".

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