Extra troops in Afghanistan will cost $1B a year

Extra troops in Afghanistan will cost $1B a year

Extra troops in Afghanistan will cost $1B a year

Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the U.S.is spending $12.5 billion overall to wage America's longest war.

On other issues, Mattis said he is in favor of the US remaining in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with allies to halt Iran's nuclear programs, despite Trump's criticism of the deal.

Dunford told the committee that it's clear to him that Pakistan's intelligence service has connections to the terrorist groups.

After a noticeable pause, Mattis finally replied: "Yes, senator, I do".

The Senate Armed Services Committee "still does not know numerous crucial details of the strategy".

The Pentagon's top leaders defended the Trump administration's new strategy for Afghanistan in detail Tuesday, saying that it will last as long as is needed and includes provisions under which USA troops will be placed alongside Afghan troops at lower levels of command to provide them with better coalition air support.

"We want to be your partners", McCain said.

"We intend to drive fence-sitters and those who will see that we are not quitting this fight to reconcile with the Afghan national government", Mattis testified. We must be well-informed.

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As part of the plan, the Pentagon is boosting troop numbers by about 3,500, augmenting the roughly 11,000 Americans now stationed there.

US President Donald Trump boards airplane at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to depart for Puerto Rico on October 3, 2017. We must be convinced of the merits of the administration's actions.

During his own address at the UN General Assembly, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said it would be a "great pity" if "rogue newcomers" destroy the worldwide nuclear deal that lifted sanctions in exchange for curbs on Tehran's nuclear program.

The Trump administration has twice so far certified Iran's compliance with the deal, but if he refuses to do that for a third time, then the Republican-controlled Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions waived under the deal.

Mattis has said it's more than 3,000, but has refused to get more specific. Denying certification could lead the U.S.to reintroduce sanctions, which in turn could lead Iran to walk away from the deal or restart previously curtailed nuclear activities.

Trump unveiled his new strategy for Afghanistan in August and said American troops would "fight to win" by attacking enemies, "crushing" al-Qaida, and preventing terrorist attacks against Americans. Mattis and Dunford said that broadly, that will require the United States to build more support internationally to sway Pakistan from doing so.

Trump is weighing whether the deal serves United States security interests as he faces a mid-October deadline for certifying that Iran is complying with the pact, a decision that could sink an agreement strongly supported by the other powers that negotiated it.

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