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Trump likely to announce modest troop increase for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump is likely to announce a modest increase in US troop numbers in Afghanistan when he lays out his strategy on Monday for the war there, America's longest military conflict, a senior administration official said. Trump will give a prime-time address to the nation at 9 p.m. (0100 GMT, Tuesday) to detail his view of the US role in Afghanistan, an issue that vexed his two predecessors. With Taliban insurgent forces no nearer to defeat, the most likely outcome is that Trump will agree to…