As Afghan military casualties mount, and with what top U.S. military officials are referring to as a “stalemate” in Afghanistan, the U.S. commander there has asked President Trump for more troops.
From Fox News:
The U.S. commander in Afghanistan wants 3,000 more troops and Pentagon officials told Congress this week that the war plan recommendations being sent to Trump are aimed at moving “beyond the stalemate” with the ISIS-affiliated Taliban insurgency.
Afghan soldiers are suffering what Pentagon auditors call “shockingly high” battlefield casualties, and prospects are narrowing for a negotiated peace settlement with the Taliban. The insurgents may have failed to capture and hold a major city, but they are controlling or influencing ever more territory.
“The situation is deteriorating,” said Stephen Biddle, a George Washington University professor and close Afghan war observer.
With the situation in Afghanistan as is, the Taliban have little incentive to negotiate a peace deal with the U.S. and Afghan governments.