Over 3,000 extra US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon chief

The Pentagon has confirmed that the US is sending over 3,000 additional soldiers to war-ravaged Afghanistan, citing the so-called war on terrorism.

Defense Secretary James Mattis made the announcement during an impromptu news conference with reporters at the Pentagon on Monday.

The decision followed US President Donald Trump’s South Asia strategy, announced in August, when Mattis said he had signed orders to send additional troops without specifying the size of the force.

(From L to R) US First Lady Melania Trump, US President Donald Trump, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford walk to a wreath laying during a memorial service at the Pentagon for the 9/11 terrorist attacks  September 11, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by AFP)

The retired United States Marine Corps general has so far managed to keep the exact number in the dark but earlier reports suggested that it would be closer…

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