President Donald Trump‘s decision to empower the Pentagon to set troop levels in
Afghanistan will increase the U.S. military’s agility, giving U.S. forces greater latitude to “provide air power and other vital support,” the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

“The delegation of this authority does not in itself change the force levels for Afghanistan,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a statement.

“Rather, it ensures the Department of Defense can facilitate our missions and align our commitment to the rapidly evolving security situation, giving our troops greater latitude to provide air power and other vital support.”

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