Even with the Islamic State on the run, U.S. advisers grapple with political and military problems in wresting Iraqi and Syrian towns from extremists.
Asked if he had considered resigning over policy differences with the president, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he was committed to serving as secretary of defense.
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 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.
By DAVE PHILIPPS August 30, 2017 SEGUIN, Texas — More than 400 trailers packed with water, food, tarps and generators line a vacant airstrip in the farmland just northeast of San Antonio that has been transformed into a bustling logistics hub. Crews...