President Barack Obama has authorized sending 17,000 additional troops into Afghanistan.
The military operations will set up a string of bases and smaller combat outposts, allowing the troops to move around and engage in counterterrorism against foreign fighters and counterinsurgency operations against the Taliban and other local enemies, the official said.
The goal is to have enough troops to "seize and hold" territory and maintain basic security, which hasn't been possible under current troop levels, the official said. The Taliban continues to maintain at least half a dozen safe areas inside Afghanistan, which are prime targets for the U.S. military.
About 38,000 U.S. troops are currently serving in Afghanistan.
The increased troop levels are expected to last three to four years, the military official said.
Meanwhile, there have been three U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan since Obama took office, which really upsets me.
Will those in power not be satisfied until we have nuclear annihilation?
One war leads to another?
Was there any attempt at diplomacy and peaceful resolutions?