Mattis: Trump Adopts Afghan War Strategy

USA defence secretary Jim Mattis confirmed on Sunday that the Trump administration had formulated its new Afghanistan war strategy but refused to provide further details.

Trump "will make an announcement to the American people, to our allies and partners, and to the world at the appropriate time", Sanders said.

In early August, Trump raised the idea of firing Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top USA commander in Afghanistan, according to two officials with knowledge of the discussion per the Associated Press.

Trump's team has been working on a new USA strategy in Afghanistan for months now.

The White House announced Sunday that Trump will speak at 9 p.m.

U.S. President Donald Trump will deliver an address to the nation on Monday night to discuss his plans for the future of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the White House announced on Sunday.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted that he was in Camp David with top military advisers.

The president met with his national-security team on Friday at Camp David about the decision, which has been building for months as he seeks a new course for America's 16-year-long war in the region.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defence Secretary James Mattis, top intelligence agency officials and other key military and diplomatic aides also attended the meeting.

The administration has said its Afghanistan strategy will be informed by a review of its approach to the broader region, including Pakistan and India. "We're now six months into this administration".

US officials say the Afghan Taliban are supported by elements of Pakistan's military and top intelligence agency, a charge Islamabad denies.

An estimated 9,800 American troops are in Afghanistan, mostly assigned to an global force of about 13,000 assisting the Afghan military.

One option debated would be to deploy about 4,000 more troops.

Both officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, declined to disclose Trump's decisions on troop levels and Pakistan policy before he does.

The plan is also expected to encompass US dealings with other players in the Afghan conflict, including neighboring Pakistan, which has long sheltered insurgents and their allies.

In the meantime, the Foreign Policy in its report has said that one of the reasons that draws Trump into this land-locked country is "abundant natural resources".

"We aren't winning", Trump said, according to senior administration officials. It would replace most United States forces with a private army of around 5,500 contractors who would train Afghan soldiers and join them in the fight against the Taliban. More than 2,500 Afghan security forces were killed in the first four months of 2017, according to a US government report.

  • Jon Douglas