Pentagon considers sending more troops to Afghanistan as it prepares options for President Trump

A Marine and his translator meet with local Afghan villagers in southwest Afghanistan in 2009.

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  • A plan for more troops would be part of a broader set of recommendations on how to adjust the US military approach in Afghanistan.
  • The troops would be part of the NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan army.

Washington (CNN)The Pentagon is considering sending additional troops to Afghanistan in an effort to "move beyond the stalemate," US military officials told lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday.

A plan for more troops would be part of a broader set of recommendations on how to adjust the US military approach in Afghanistan that the Pentagon plans to send to President Donald Trump "within the next week," according to Theresa Whelan, the acting assistant secretary of defense for special operations.
    The troops, which could consist of special forces personnel and more conventional soldiers, would be part of the NATO-led mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan army and police force in its fight against the Taliban but would also aid the US counterterrorism effort there as well.