The number of C.I.A. deaths in Afghanistan rivals those killed in the Southeast Asia conflicts of nearly a half-century ago.
The deployment orders were the first tangible step the Pentagon has taken to carry out President Trump’s plan for more troops in Afghanistan.
The $255 million in military aid will be put into escrow. Unlocking the funds will require Islamabad to stop supporting the Taliban.
The Defense Department had for years publicly disclosed only the number of troops taking part in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, not counterterrorism forces there.
President Trump can often sound like two different people: One who speaks from a script and one who speaks off the cuff.