Pentagon to set Afghanistan troop levels

#USA #Pentagon #politics #military #Afghanistan #USTroops #war

Pentagon was granted authority by President Trump to set troop levels in Afghanistan. Pentagon chief Jim Mattis will now be directly able to adjust troop numbers. This is similar to what was done with Iraq and Syria when White House had given the Secretary of defense the authority to set troop levels.

Commanders often complained under Barack Obama, due to his firm stance on setting and monitoring troop levels by himself, which is the reason Mr. Mattis acknowledges for US still not winning in Afghanistan.

Mr. Mattis said that the new plans on Afghanistan strategy won’t be ready until mid-July, and will probably lead to the deployment of additional troops both from US and NATO. The Don’t lose strategy won’t be good enough to win this war.

On Saturday, the Taliban claimed responsibility for an insider attack in which an Afghan commando turned his weapon on American troops, killing three and wounding another.

Read the full article here

That is a nice decision, however as a President, even though you are not the decision make for troops, you need to know the basic stats and numbers since it’s your own country people that are putting their life on the line. I wish Trump does not forget that.

China captures US unmanned Navy Vessel

China unlawfully seized an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) on December 15th in the South China Sea while it was being recovered by the US Navy Oceanographic survey ship. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said. He also asked China to “immediately” return the UUV untampered, as it was in international waters and China has no legal cause to seize it.

The UUV along with the USNS Bowditch (T-AGS 62) is an unclassified ocean glider system used around the world to gather military oceanographic data such as salinity, water temperature, and sound speed. The system was conducting a routine check in accordance with the international law about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay, Philippines, when a Chinese Navy PRC DALANG III-Class Ship (ASR-510) retrieved the UUV.

This incident comes after the factual evidence that China has militarized the artificial islands built in the South China Sea region, an action in direct contradiction of a pledge made by President Xi Jingping. This is deeply disturbing and not consistent with the actions of a nation seeking to built a constructive and cooperative relationship with the USA. Read the full article here!