Congressional committee opposes cut in troop levels
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): A Congressional committee on Monday opposed a reduction in US troop levels from the current 9,800 and made a corresponding financial provision in the Pentagon’s budget for next year.
“Provisions in this bill reflect the view that US forces in Afghanistan should not be reduced below 9,800 troops and that the president’s incremental approach to confronting ISIS cannot achieve his goal of defeating the terrorist group.”
The House Armed Services Committee said this while passing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2017.The parliamentary panel is scheduled to take up the act for a vote later this week.
Mark Thornberry, the committee chairman, said politically-motivated troop caps and a lack of transparency about force levels and force requirements in Iraq and Syria were emboldening the enemy.
The lawmaker believed such moves were demoralising allies, hampering public support for the international missionand ultimately impeding victory over ISIS.
An insufficient presence in Iraq and Syria had increased the danger posed by ISIS, as terrorists were able to leave areas under pressure to establish cells in other locations around the world such as Afghanistan, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, and Indonesia, Thornberry concluded.
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