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Will Trump Add 3,000 U.S. Troops to Afghanistan in the Fight Against Terror?

President Trump is considering a surge of 3,000 to 5,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Will a surge help fight the war on terror?

James Mattis in Afghanistan

President Trump is considering a surge of 3,000 to 5,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, according to CNN‘s reporting.

Jeremy Diamond wrote on Wednesday morning that the motivation behind a potential surge is to earn a “win” against terror groups in the Middle Eastern nation. The U.S. has had troops in Afghanistan for 16 years.

CNN also reported that, as of now, 8,400 U.S. troops and 6,000 “non-US NATO troops are part of the advise and assist mission in Afghanistan.” Trump’s surge, therefore, would represent anywhere from a 20 percent to 35 percent increase in total number of U.S. and NATO troops.

Trump’s decision comes as Kabul – Afghanistan’s capital – reels from the worst terror attack there in years on Wednesday. At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded by a car bomb near Kabul’s “diplomatic zone,” which features several embassies and foreign outposts.

Even if Trump does order a surge – which would bring U.S. troop presence from 8,400 to between 11,400 and 13,400 – the U.S. presence in Afghanistan is still far below what it was during the Obama years. In 2011, as many as 100,000 U.S. troops were stationed in Afghanistan.