Brahmand NewsPrevious Article
Brahmand NewsNext Article
  • India, France engaged in joint naval exercise off Goa coast:-The navies of India and France are currently engaged in a joint bilateral exercise, "Varuna-18", in the Arabian Sea off the Goa coast, which commenced days after the leaders of the two countries decided to further deepen their maritime cooperation....
  • Indian Navy chief on US visit; focus on Indo-Pacific:-Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will begin a five-day visit to the US today during which he will hold extensive talks with the top military brass of the Trump administration to consolidate bilateral naval cooperation, including in the Indo-Pacific region....
  • India biggest strategic opportunity for US: Pentagon:-India is the "biggest strategic opportunity" for the US with New Delhi showing more openness to strengthen bilateral security ties, a top Pentagon commander has said, underlining a mutual desire for global stability and support for the rules-based international order....
  • India takes nuclear non-proliferation very seriously: Sitharaman:-India takes nuclear non-proliferation very seriously and unlike some of its neighbours, it does not believe in "dirty bombs", Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said, in an oblique reference to Pakistan....

No decision yet on more troops to Afghanistan: Pentagon

Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print This Article

A file photo.

WASHINGTON (PTI): No decision has been taken on increasing the number of US troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Friday, amid speculation that Defence Secretary James Mattis may have finalised plans to dispatch 4,000 additional troops to the war-torn country.

"Secretary Mattis has made no decisions on a troop increase for Afghanistan. As he said throughout the week in testimony, the revised Afghanistan strategy will be presented to the President (Donald Trump) for his approval in the coming weeks," Pentagon spokesperson Dana W White said.

"The president has delegated force management authority for Afghanistan to the secretary. The secretary will continue to follow the president's guidance on our overall strategy.

"Any decisions about troop numbers will be made only after consultation with the inter-agency, the Afghan government, NATO allies and coalition partners," White said.

The White House said such an authorisation to Mattis is part of the broader plan.

"The president is simply giving the secretary of defence -- this is one piece of a broader cohesive plan for that region -- and he wants to give secretary Mattis the ability to manage the troops and the resources to do so," White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her daily news conference on Thursday.

On Thursday, media reports claimed that Mattis was authorised by Trump to "manage" US troop levels in Afghanistan, paving the way for sending more American forces amidst a surge in Taliban attacks in the war-ravaged country.

It was reported that the US may send 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan where currently 8,400 American troops are stationed.


Line Spacing+- AFont Size+- Print Article

Other Related News

Enhancing surveillance along borders with China, Pak: Govt

The government on Monday said it is enhancing military infrastructure including surveillance facilities along the borders with China and Pakistan in view of threat perception.

Upcoming Defence Exhibitions

BRAHMOS Missile Systems


Brahmand World Defence Update 2017

Image Gallery