Trump administration to send ‘more than 50’ more troops to Afghanistan
The Trump administration is sending “more than half a million” more troops into Afghanistan, according to the State Department.
The additional troops will come from the Department of Defense and the US Army.
The total number of troops to be sent to Afghanistan will be “about 50,000,” the department said.
The announcement comes a day after President Donald Trump signed a controversial order that suspended the US troop withdrawal from the country, which was in place since the end of 2014.
Trump announced his decision during a speech at the United Nations General Assembly.
The Trump order temporarily halted the withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan until January of 2021.
The administration said the new troop deployments will allow for “more robust and rapid deployment of Afghan security forces.”
“This troop surge is the result of our continued engagement with the Afghan government,” said State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert.
“The Department of the Army is leading the deployment effort, which includes more than half-a-million additional troops, and is continuing to support our partners to deliver on our commitments to Afghanistan.”
The new troop surge will allow the US to continue delivering training and equipment to the Afghan National Security Forces.
The State Department said the additional troops would be sent in the next three years, adding that “there is no specific timeline for their arrival in Afghanistan.”
The announcement follows a series of controversial moves made by the Trump administration.
The president signed an order in March to ban the sale of all guns to federal employees.
The president also suspended the Obama-era program to send more than 200,000 Syrian refugees into the US.
Trump also announced a travel ban on visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries, including Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
He also ordered a freeze on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, while a temporary ban on refugees for 120 days will be in place for the next 90 days.
Trump has previously criticized the “birther” conspiracy theories surrounding his election win and his election victory.
He has also taken aim at a bipartisan group of lawmakers who want to block him from removing the US from the Paris climate accord.