Possible US Troop Increase in Afghanistan Aimed at Breaking Stalemate
Voice of America, 17 May 2017
Article quotes AAN’s Kate Clark on the possible increase of US troops in Afghanistan:
With some 350,000 Afghan security forces already engaged in the fight, the [US] numbers reportedly under consideration are marginal, and seem intended only to increase pressure on the Taliban to negotiate.
“His thinking is basically to try and help the Afghan government keep territory, to take back some more territory, and to put it in a position where the Taliban would like to go to the negotiating table. That’s it,” said Kate Clark, a senior analyst at the Afghanistan Analysts Network.