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Mattis signs order to send additional troops to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (DoD/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro)
September 01, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he signed deployment orders on Thursday to send additional troops to Afghanistan.

Mattis did not specify how many more troops he would send in addition to the 11,000 troops already in Afghanistan helping Afghan security forces fight Taliban insurgents and others.

“I have signed orders, but it is not complete,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. “In other words, I’ve signed some of the troops that will go and we’re identifying the specific ones.”

Mattis said that he will brief Congress on Sept. 6 on new developments.

“It’s more advisers. It’s more enablers — fire support, for example — and then some other things,” Mattis said. “I’m not going to give you the details right now until I talk to the Congress.”