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Army Chief: 2nd Advisory Team Will Go to Afghanistan Despite Withdrawal Plan

Army Chief: 2nd Advisory Team Will Go to Afghanistan Despite Withdrawal Plan by Matthew Cox - Military.com

The U.S. Army's chief of staff said Wednesday that the service's 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade will deploy to Afghanistan despite the plan to withdraw about 7,000 U.S. forces from the war-torn country.

 

The Army announced in October that it planned to deploy the 2nd SFAB to Afghanistan, but press reports in late December of a decision by President Donald Trump to cut the 14,000 U.S. troops in the country by half cast doubt on the scheduled spring deployment of the specialized advise-and-assist brigade.

 

However, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said Wednesday morning that the second of six SFABs is finishing up its training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, for the deployment.

 

"The 2nd SFAB ... is going through their exercise down at the Joint Readiness Training Center, and they will be deploying shortly to Afghanistan,"…

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