WASHINGTON: The new strategy on fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan will be announced soon, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said here, about a policy review that has delayed a decision on sending more American troops to the war-torn country fighting a prolong Taliban insurgency.
The US military and civil leaders are scheduled to meet President Trump on Friday at Camp David to discuss the much-awaited strategy that has been debated for months and has surprised US and Afghan military commanders as to why it's taking so long to take a decision at a time when security is deteriorating in Afghanistan .
Gen Mattis told reporters at the State Department on Thursday that the administration was getting closer to announcing the new strategy on Afghanistan that will also impact the regional countries, including Pakistan and India.
"We will meet with the President - Secretary (Rex) Tillerson and I and several others on the national security team. We will move this toward a decision - we are coming very close to a decision and I anticipate it in the very near future," he said while responding to a question.