US President Donald Trump has desperately sought a pretext to scrap or weaken the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and get rid of the limits it imposes on the US ability to pursue more hostile policies against Iran.
The release of the Afghan war cost information came as Sen.
Joseph Dunford, right, speak with Chairman Sen. That's customary practice for administration witnesses testifying before congressional committees.
"The fighting will continue to be carried out by our Afghan partners, but our advisers will accompany tactical units to advise and assist and bring North Atlantic Treaty Organisation fire support to bear when needed", Mattis testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. We must be well-informed. "And that would be the way, as we take the fight to the enemy, we convince the Taliban, 'You're not going to win this by killing'". "And unfortunately, we still have far more questions than answers about this new strategy".
Mattis, a retired Marine general who once commanded troops in Afghanistan, said that Afghan commandos who have fought with US military advisers alongside them "have won every time they have fought the enemy", and that those who have fought alone "have not won".
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European ambassadors speaking in Washington last week said they would do everything possible to protect companies based in Europe and that continue to do business with Iran, from reimposed USA sanctions.
Mattis said that the Afghanistan military and police forces are fully engaged in combat operations for the first time during the 16-year-old war and are suffering fewer casualties as they continue to improve their competence on the battlefield. "But the Afghan forces remain in the lead for the fighting".
In a House of Representatives hearing later on Tuesday, Mattis said Iran was "fundamentally" in compliance with the nuclear deal.
He also travelled to the war-torn Afghanistan after India visit.
"Now that the [US] withdrawal is not taking place, and no advances have been made towards a political settlement, there seems to be little utility of Doha's Taliban office", he added.
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Last month, the Pentagon, after long insisting that 8,400 troops were deployed in Afghanistan, admitted that it actually has about 11,000 troops there. The increase will expand training of the Afghan military and beef up USA counterterrorism operations against al-Qaida and a growing Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, as well as the Taliban and other extremist groups. "If not, I'll go back in" to ask Trump for additional troops. Trump's tough words about Pakistan, a troubled US security partner, infuriated Islamabad, which has denied the country provides safe havens for the Taliban. But the USA president recertified the deal in July.
"It is clear to me that the ISI has connections with terrorist groups", he said.
Congressional Democrats are increasingly anxious Trump's distaste for the Iran nuclear deal will lead him to abandon the accord and imperil the ability to contain Iran's nuclear program.
Trump faces a 15 October deadline for certifying that Iran is complying with the pact, a decision that could sink an agreement strongly supported by the other powers that negotiated it, including Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union. Denying certification could lead the U.S.to reintroduce sanctions, which in turn could lead Iran to walk away from the deal or restart previously curtailed nuclear activities. Mattis and Dunford said that broadly, that will require the United States to build more support internationally to sway Pakistan from doing so.
Mattis said hat the USA is in Afghanistan to make America safer and ensure South Asia can not be used to plot trans- national attacks against itself and its partners and allies. "I believe at this point in time absent indications to the contrary, it is something the president should consider staying with".
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