President Trump Announces Plans to Expand Military Presence in Afghanistan

The United States will be continuing its 16-year military operation in Afghanistan.

President Trump made the announcement Monday night, promising to strengthen the military presence in the war-torn country and put pressure on other countries to help turn the tide.

Speaking to soldiers at Fort Meyer, Virginia, the president pointed to the rise of terror groups, like the Taliban as the primary reason for increasing U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

The president did not mention any specific plans, but a senior official says President Trump will send around 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

The president says his first instinct was to pull out of the country, where over 2,200 American troops have died, but withdrawing would only make terror groups stronger.

The president is also pressuring Pakistan to help, claiming the country harbors terror groups, which endangers the U.S.