Mattis: Trump has delegated decisions on Afghan troop levels

File photo of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan by Javed Tanveer/AFP/Getty Images WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday he can now set U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan after receiving the authority from President Donald Trump. It’s a break from past practice that Mattis said will enable him to more effectively manage the war effort. In testimony before a Senate panel, Mattis said the decision does not mean U.S. troop levels will change immediately. While he is expected to...

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