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    ...Trump’s military advisers are said to be pushing a plan to send several thousand additional troops into that conflict. Can this “mini-surge” succeed? It all depends on how success is defined. If the goal is to decisively turn the tide of the war and force the Taliban to make peace, then the answer will almost certainly be “no”. Yet if the administration seeks more modest but still meaningful goals in Afghanistan, a mini-surge may do the trick. Trump is reportedly considering dispatching 3,000-5,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan. These reinforcements would supplement the roughly 8,400 US troops and 4,600 coalition troops in the country, and likely be accompanied by additional contributions from mainly North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) countries. ...

    Live Mint on June 9, 2017, 4:39 a.m.