(May 1) The Trump administration is considering options that involve sending 3,000 to 5,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. They would advise Afghan military and police units but also include additional special operations forces.
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|These special forces would increase counter-terror operations against the Islamic State(IS) fighters who have entrenched positions along the border with Pakistan. America's longest war has hit a stalemate and local security forces have been overwhelmed by rising violence. The situation is less a stalemate rather than a situation where the Taliban are controlling more and more territory. The White House could come to a decision within the coming weeks and announce it at the upcoming NATO security summit scheduled for May 25th in Brussels. Trump has said that he would attend the summit. A senior Afghan defense official told Military TImes that NATO is looking for up to 13,000 troops in all including U.S. and allied personnel. NATO may have difficulty finding countries willing to provide such a large number of troops. In 2014 President Obama declared an end to the U.S. combat operation.|