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U.S. soldier is seen Asad Khil village near the site of a U.S. bombing in the Achin district of Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 17, 2017. U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with the largest non-nuclear weapon every used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

The Pentagon will deploy about 4,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan


The Pentagon will send almost 4,000 additional American forces to Afghanistan, a Trump administration official said Thursday.

The deployment will be the largest American manpower under Donald Trump’s presidency. The decision by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis could be announced as early as next week, the official said.

Most of the troops would train and advise Afghan forces. The rest would be assigned to counter-terror operations against the Taliban and IS.

Neither the Pentagon nor the White House have commented on the report.

Mattis told lawmakers this week he didn’t envision returning to the force levels of 2010-11. There have been almost 2,400 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001.

Three U.S. soldiers were killed and another was wounded in eastern Afghanistan this weekend in an attack claimed by the Taliban.

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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