President Trump has signed off on sending an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan, ahead of his address to the person Monday evening, Fox News has learned.
Trump is set to unveiled his strategy for Afghanistan, becoming the third commander-in-chief to attempt to stabilize the war-torn country and forge a victory in what is now Americas longest crusade. An estimated 8,400 U.S. troops are currently in Afghanistan.
The speech is scheduled for 9 p. m. EDT Monday. The chairwoman will give the nationally broadcasted address to troops stationed at the Army’s Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, pinpointed next to Arlington National Cemetery.
A large-scale part of tonigh’t speech will include “asking the region to do more, ” specifically requesting India and Pakistan to do more to bring the Taliban to negotiations, a senior U.S. agent told Fox News.
Trump tweeted Saturday that he had reached a decision on the way forward, after satisfying to refresh alternatives with top consultants at Camp David. While the president has not exposed the contours of his strategy, accompanies expect he will maintain U.S. troops in the country and possibly approve transmitting thousands more.
“I think he is going to give[ his generals] a chance to prove what the hell is crave and their strategy, ” former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie told “Fox& Friends, ” noting that Trump can adjust the contrive in the future.
The stakes are high. Some 16 years after the 9/11 terror attacks, which first gleaned U.S. forces-out into Afghanistan, the local government controls exactly half the country beset by the Taliban insurgency and terrorist factions. An Islamic State affiliate has been hit hard but continues to attempt major attacks.
Politically speaking, Trump also is trying to made reset after perhaps the rockiest extend of his presidency, one that investigated multiple personnel reorganizations and an all-consuming polemic last week over his response to the violence in Charlottesville. The president took heat for repeatedly accusing both sides for the confrontations at a white supremacist revival, where a counter-protester was killed in a car criticize. The response was met with a bipartisan chide from members of Congress and a motion of acceptances from different corporate and other advisory boards.
Refocusing on national security, Trump is now faced with one of the most complex and difficult armed challenges.
In Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson’s comments suggested the Pentagon may have won its arguing that the U.S. armed must remain engaged in order to ensure that terrorists aren’t again able to threaten the U.S. from havens inside Afghanistan.
“I assure you we are with you in this fight. We are with you and we will stay with you, ” Nicholson said during a ceremony at Camp Morehead, a set base for Afghan commandoes southeast of Kabul.
The lent violences would increase training and advising of the Afghan personnels and bolster counterterrorism operations against the Taliban and the Islamic State affiliate trying to gain a foothold in the country.
The administration had been at odds for months over how to craft a new Afghan war strategy.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who visited Afghanistan over the weekend, declared himself satisfied with how the administration had formulated its new strategy. But he refused to discuss details before Trump’s announcement.
Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Lucas Tomlinson and the Associated Press contributed to this report.