The U.S. Senator John McCain has urged President Donald Trump to boost U.S. presence in Afghanistan, saying his country is still at war with terrorism.
"America is still at war in Afghanistan against the terrorist enemies that attacked our nation on September 11th," McCain said as cited in reports.
"Securing Afghanistan and preventing another attack on our homeland requires the right number of people in the right places with the right authorities and the right capabilities."
Last month, U.S. Forces Afghanistan commander Gen. John Nicholson testified before McCain’s committee that he needs several thousand more troops, either U.S. or coalition fighters to enable more advising and training missions and break the “stalemate” in Afghanistan.
The Afghan Defense Ministry, however, welcoming the request made by the U.S. senator, said that Foreign forces' authorities must increase when there was a need.
"We will ask for the U.S. and NATO advanced military instruments in case of the enemies' strong position against security forces," said Mohammad Radmanish, the deputy spokesman for the Defense Ministry.
Afghan forces facing a high number of casualties since the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan in 2014.
The Taliban and other anti-government groups including Islamic State have expanded their insurgent activities across the country since last few years in a bid to topple the government.
Recently, at least 23 people were killed while more than 100 others wounded in Taliban claim two coordinated attacks in capital Kabul which most of them were security personnel.
On the same day, the insurgents have briefly captured a strategic district in northern Baghlan province, following heavy clashes with the Afghan forces.