Latest on Afghanistan options expected to hit Trump's desk this week

15 Mai, 2017, 23:54 | Author: Claudine Rigal
  • A U.S. soldier mans a gun at the back gate aboard the helicopter carrying U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis as he arrives via helicopter at Resolute Support headquarters in Kabul Afghanistan

About 8,500 US troops and another 5,000 troops from foreign allies are still stationed in Afghanistan, even though the official combat mission there ended in 2014.

Members of the Senate Armed Services committee are waiting to hear from President Donald Trump about how he and his military want to handle the situation in Afghanistan, but lawmakers appear open to the idea of sending additional forces to the region.

Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, wants an infusion of USA and allied troops to bolster support for the Afghan army.

Stoltenberg said Wednesday that "we have received a request from our military authorities to increase our military presence in Afghanistan with a few thousand troops".

The British Prime Minister and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation official also discussed what more North Atlantic Treaty Organisation can do in the fight against terrorism, pointing out that major decisions should be made in the coming weeks.

"NATO needs to contribute the majority of the forces", the official said on the condition of anonymity.

"We are now looking into requests regarding some areas like more education, for the military academies, but also training special operation forces and air forces".

Additional troop levels will likely be a topic of discussion at the May 25 summit of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders in Brussels. The recommendation of his top advisers was first reported by the Washington Post.

Any change in the USA strategy in Afghanistan would have to be signed off on by President Donald Trump. The cost would be in the billions, and troop surges have failed in the past. He's delegated troop decisions to the military itself, so that they stop bothering him, and the "review" of military operations in Afghanistan seems to be proceeding much like the "review" of refugee vetting his team insisted was the whole reason for instituting a Muslim-specific travel ban: it's gone missing.

Army inquiry on human shield still to conclude
A video of the incident was uploaded social websites, generating massive outrage and worldwide condemnation. Senior officers have reportedly termed it "one-off incident that was blown out of proportion".


Pope's meeting with Myanmar's Suu Kyi leads to diplomatic ties
The Prince of Wales is to hold a meeting with Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi at his official London home. In April, Suu Kyi told the BBC that she did not recognize descriptions of ethnic cleansing in the region.


Few in US Support Trump's Firing of FBI Chief
The committee had hoped to hear from Mr Comey in closed session following his abrupt firing this week by President Donald Trump. In Comey's dismissal letter, Trump said he had spoken with the Justice Department and acted on their advice by firing him.


The group said it would use military and political tactics and that its main target would be foreign forces. Pulling back would also put Trump at odds with generals whom he embraced and turned to for national security advice.

The United States military is set to propose a ramping up of the war in Afghanistan in a renewed effort to break a stalemate with the Taliban.

The question is whether U.S. and Afghan forces, even if bolstered by a new strategy involving more troops and authorities to target the Taliban, can bring enough pressure to push the war toward a settlement. Instead, it waited for Obama to make good on his promise to start withdrawing USA forces, then went on the offensive.

To fix these problems, Trump's most senior advisors have formulated a plan to send thousands more USA troops to Afghanistan that can train lower level units. "So fight with the Taliban is not the way to solve the problem; we should solve it by talking with them". Lieut Gen HR McMaster, Trump's national security adviser, led an anti-corruption task force in Afghanistan and is especially sensitive to the need for better governance in Kabul.

The city's troubled recent history with the Taliban in many ways underscores the entire US effort in Afghanistan.

The generals, however, are not the only ones who favour a stronger commitment to Afghanistan.

The U.S. says it has 8,400 troops in Afghanistan, one-quarter of which are for the counterterrorism mission. The Taliban killed thousands of U.S soldiers in Afghanistan, and the Taliban has the support of Pakistan.

"We would like to be able to advise below the corps level", Nicholson told Congress earlier this spring. Currently, advisers are working with Afghans mostly at the command level of the army corps.

"What I would like to be able to do when I go to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is say, 'This is the USA plan for 2017 and beyond, and this is the requirement identified by the commanders", Dunford said.

Conseillé:

  • Sears CEO blasts power tool supplier in blogpost

    The company reported ($1.28) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of ($2.85) by $1.57. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink .
    Sheriff: Chiefs top draft pick Mahomes unharmed in robbery

    Sheriff: Chiefs top draft pick Mahomes unharmed in robbery

    The Chiefs said the team is "thankful that Patrick and everyone involved are safe because that's what's important". Property taken during the robbery was recovered from the suspect's vehicle.

    China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road plan

    Mr Xi did not give a timeframe for the distribution of funds pledged for the projects outlined on Sunday. Sharif said the Belt and Road "rejected the encirclement for any country".
  • Steven Van Zandt urges Rutgers grads to stay true to Jersey roots

    Steven Van Zandt urges Rutgers grads to stay true to Jersey roots

    His commencement address follows President Obama's 2016 commencement speech at university's 250th anniversary. "Congratulations. Van Zandt is expected to take the stage sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., university officials said.
    'Deserved' pay rises for nurses and teachers if Lib Dems gain power

    'Deserved' pay rises for nurses and teachers if Lib Dems gain power

    The Liberal Democrats have promised that if elected they would scrap the "Orwellian nightmare" of mass snooping powers.
    La mutinerie des derniers jours a fait son premier mort — Côte d'Ivoire

    La mutinerie des derniers jours a fait son premier mort — Côte d'Ivoire

    En fin de matinée, des négociations avec des hauts gradés du commandement militaire de Bouaké ont échoué. Les mutins, originaires du nord du pays pour la plupart, prennent le contrôle de Bouaké et de Korhogo.
  • Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win fifth title — Madrid Open

    Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win fifth title — Madrid Open

    He defeated Djokovic in the semifinals in Madrid , snapping a seven-match winless streak against the second-ranked Serb. And eventually it was Nadal who prevailed with his fifth set point when Thiem fired long.
    National Police Week honors law enforcement across the country

    National Police Week honors law enforcement across the country

    On Monday, the Virginia Beach Department held a memorial at 35th Street and the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. It will take place at the Mariner's Museum and Park at 100 Museum Drive in Newport News.
    Is the End of AIDS in Sight?

    Is the End of AIDS in Sight?

    HIV epidemic: a decline in the total number of people living with HIV in the U.S., and the beginning of the end of the U.S.
  • Pizza delivery man takes pie to stalled Amtrak train

    Pizza delivery man takes pie to stalled Amtrak train

    Amtrak says it understands delays can be frustrating but calls it "extremely dangerous" to approach a train on the tracks. A passenger posted a video of the deliveryman walking up to the train Sunday as it sat on the tracks.

    China pledges $124 billion for new Silk Road as champion of globalisation

    The newspaper also warned that if India made a decision to join the initiative in the future, it might just have a "small role" to play.

    The Trump administration just actually admitted that climate change is a problem

    While Tillerson endorsed the Arctic Council document , he cautioned that the US would not be rushed into formulating its policy. Tillerson passed a birchwood gavel to Finland's Foreign Minister Timo Soini, ending two years of the USA chairing the council.


Populaire

Analysts Estimates And Ratings Banco Bradesco S.A. (BBD)
Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company's stock. Analysts are also projecting an Average Revenue Estimate for Banco Bradesco S.A.as $2000 in the Current Quarter.

Ugandan troops committed sexual abuse in Central African Republic, rights group says
A 15-year-old girl told HRW that a Ugandan soldier had raped her in the fields near his military base in Obo in January 2016. United States special forces were fighting alongside the Ugandan troops until last month when a planned withdrawal began.

Everton beat Tottenham and Atletico to €6m forward agreement
The Spanish youth worldwide has scored 16 goals for Los Boquerones this season and his performances have caught the eye of Everton, with Koeman keen to bolster his attacking options ahead of next season.

Czech crisis goes on as premier rejects minister replacement
Schillerova worked in the finance ministry's tax department for many years and has been Babis's deputy since 2016. Babis denies any wrongdoing but has said he would accept his sacking if there is an agreement on his replacement.

N. Korea says new long-range missile can carry heavy nuke
The latest "provocation" should serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against the North, it said. The U.S. military said the type of missile fired on May 14 was "not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile".

Trump is said to be frustrated after reaction to Comey firing
The day before, Huckabee Sanders called it "probably one of the smallest things that they've got going on their plate". CNN said Comey is "not anxious about any tapes" Trump may have, citing an unnamed source familiar with the matter.

Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. (PBH) Announces Quarterly Earnings Results
COPYRIGHT VIOLATION WARNING: This report was originally published by Chaffey Breeze and is the property of of Chaffey Breeze. The company had revenue of $240.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $234.74 million.

Le premier discours du président Emmanuel Macron
Et d'ajouter: " le monde a besoin de l'audace, de la liberté, l'exigence de l'égalité et la volonté de la fraternité ". La responsabilité de toutes les élites sera rappelée, nous ne pouvons plus nous réfugier derrière des usages.

Choosing a thoughtful gift for Mother's Day
She is the only one who can give valuable guidance whenever we feel the need and she can encourage us when we feel down. Mother's Day is about pampering your mom so if you can't afford a real spa trip for her make her one at home.

Oprah inspires new grads with encouraging speech at Georgia college
During her speech, Oprah focused on the importance of "living a life of substance" and empathizing with others - especially those on the other side of the political divide.