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09 February, 2017

US general wants thousands more troops to break Afghan stalemate

The top US commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday he needs several thousand more international troops in order to break a stalemate in a war with Taliban insurgents, signaling the matter may soon be put before President Donald Trump.

I have adequate resourcing in my counterterrorism mission. In my train, advise and assist mission, however, we have a shortfall of a few thousand,” Army General John Nicholson, who leads US and international forces in Afghanistan, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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