Trump Considers Sending 5000 More Troops Into 'Shockingly' Bad Afghan War

Top Afghan Taliban leader killed in northern Pakistan

Its quarterly report said: "Afghanistan remains in the grip of a deadly war".

The quarterly report, issued Monday by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), says the Afghan forces' fight against the Taliban has become increasingly bloody, with casualties "shockingly high" 16 years after the first USA forces arrived in the country.

Stoltenberg told the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag in an interview published on April 30 that in view of the "challenging" security situation, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation could increase the number of personnel in Afghanistan from the current 13,000, although he did not give a specific figure.

The Afghan National Army, according to SIGAR, trained and logistically supported by the Pentagon, has been recorded as suffering the highest number of casualties, severely limiting the ability of what is now considered to be an already weakened force to gain control of Afghanistan, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Donald Trump administration is considering plans to deploy as many as 5,000 additional American troops to Afghanistan, a move that could signal a strategy shift years after the U.S. officially ended its combat mission in the country, officials say. This would put USA troops closer to the ground war against the Taliban, where they may be able to provide additional assistance.

Nearly 16 years after the US -backed ouster of the Taliban, Afghanistan remains in the grip of a war with "shockingly high" death rates among security forces and a record number of casualties among civilians, according to the USA government watchdog monitoring the country's reconstruction efforts.

The anti-government armed militant groups including the Taliban insurgents and ISIS militants have not commented regarding the report so far.

The mountainous province with Jalalabad city as its capital has been the scene of clashes between security forces and the IS since the emergence of the group there in early 2015.

Describing the US war in Afghanistan as an unwinnable "stalemate," US General John W. Nicholson warned in February that heavy casualties among US-trained forces in the country will continue.

One of the most curious aspects of President Donald Trump's foreign policy has been his absence of a clearly articulated view - much less a strategy - on Afghanistan, where 8,400 USA troops are still helping fight a war.

SIGAR investigations of USA contractors and military officials over the past several months have resulted in three criminal charges, two convictions, one sentencing, and a civil settlement of $40 million, according to the report, which noted that corruption investigations continue to grow.

Narcotics traffickers are giving terrorists weapons, money, and support to continue their insurgency.

Afghanistan's potential opium production was about 4,800 metric tons in 2016 alone, according to a new survey carried out by the United Nations.

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