Trump Is Giving War Powers To The Pentagon And Sending More US Troops to Foreign Lands.

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Without benefit of public debate, President Trump is sending more troops into the Middle East and Africa that likely will involve the US in more conflict   Lower level commanders have been given more authority over airstrikes in densely populated areas. This follows in the wake of several bombings in Mosul in mid-March that witnesses say killed at least 100 people.  The US now is engaging in military action in Somalia with an eye toward Yemen. -GEG

Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions, sending hundreds more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority to battle extremists across the Middle East and Africa.

This week it was Somalia, where President Donald Trump gave the U.S. military more authority to conduct offensive airstrikes on al-Qaida-linked militants. Next week it could be Yemen, where military leaders want to provide more help for the United Arab Emirates’ battle against Iranian-backed rebels. Key decisions on Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are looming, from ending troop number limits to loosening rules that guide commanders in the field.

The changes in Trump’s first two months in office underscore his willingness to let the Pentagon manage its own day-to-day combat. Under the Obama administration, military leaders chafed about micromanagement that included commanders needing approval for routine tactical decisions about targets and personnel moves.

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