Watch | Gen. John Allen (Ret.) talks Trump, ISIS & the Taliban.
Allen weighs in on Afghanistan
General John Allen was the commander of the International Security Assistance Force under President Obama. At its peak, he oversaw 150 thousand coalition forces from 50 nations. But over the last several years, there has been a steady drawdown of troops.
That drawdown has resulted in a significant uptick in Taliban activity. The Sangin district of Helmand Province was taken by the Taliban on January 1st, 2017.
There is a lot more work to be done, but it does not require a lot more troops to do it.
Allen: 'we're too small' in Afghanistan
Allen: more allied troops needed to fight Taliban
Gen. Allen said a "a few more thousand" troops are needed to help the Afghan Army and National Police become more self-sufficient. The former leader of coalition forces said the additional troops will help keep Taliban and ISIS fighters from gaining control of Afghanistan.
Photo gallery: coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Allen: Trump has a "great opportunity"
Gen. Allen applauded President Trump's selections of James Mattis and Rex Tillerson as Secretary of Defense and Secretary of State, respectively. The retired general called it a great opportunity for the new administration "to think very constructively about the future" of Afghanistan.
Watch | General Allen was no armchair general. During his time in Iraq, he carried an M-4 Carbine with 90 rounds of 5.56mm and a 9mm pistol with 45 rounds of ammunition. "Everyone fights," he said.