DEFENSE SECRETARY MATTIS SIGNS ORDERS TO SEND MORE TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN

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“By and large this is to enable the Afghan force to fight more effectively.”

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US Defense Secretary James Mattis has announced he’s signed an order to send more troops into Afghanistan. The move comes after the Pentagon confirmed it has way more troops in the country than previously admitted.

Speaking at a news conference, Mattis confirmed the reinforcements would be arriving in Afghanistan within the next few days, according to Defense News correspondent Aaron Mehta, who is present at the briefing. Mattis did not mention exact numbers or specifics though.

“Yes, I have signed orders but it is not complete. In other words I have signed some of the (orders for) troops that will go and we are identifying the specific ones,” Mattis said at the conference.

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