WASHINGTON — President Trump faces a stalemate in Afghanistan, not only on the battlefield, but also inside the White House over how to end America’s longest war.The Trump administration has delayed a decision on a troop increase for Afghanistan sought by the Pentagon, as White House advisers debate changes in the overall strategy for the war, which will mark its 16th anniversary in October.The Pentagon has said several thousand additional troops are needed to turn the tide in a conflict it has described as stalemate: Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed army is struggling to defeat a Taliban insurgency and a growing number of Islamic State militants. Yet some of Trump’s closest advisers are skeptical of the costly effort to prop up Afghanistan’s government, and the president himself has expressed frustration at the lack of progress in the war.About 2,300 U.S. troops have been killed in the war. The latest casualties were two service members killed Wednesday when their convoy came under attack near Kandahar, in southern Afghanistan.Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, urged Trump on Thursday to “resolve the differences within his administration as soon as possible.”McCain said in a statement that he supports Army Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. NBC News reported that Trump, impatient over the… Read full this story
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