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The Wall Street Journal: Trump gives Pentagon authority to boost troop levels in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has given the Pentagon unilateral authority to send thousands of new American troops to Afghanistan at its discretion, a U.S. official said Tuesday, clearing the way for the military to intensify its fight against the Taliban and Islamic State extremists in the region.

The decision to delegate control over troop decisions to the Pentagon, which is expected to be announced on Wednesday, sets the stage for U.S. commanders to decide to reverse course in Afghanistan and begin sending more forces to the country after years of reductions in the hope that Kabul could handle internal threats on its own.

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