US to send 1,400 troops to support Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan

6 September 2016 (Last Updated September 6th, 2016 18:30)

The US Army has announced plans to send an additional 1,400 troops to Afghanistan later this year to support Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

The US Army has announced plans to send an additional 1,400 troops to Afghanistan later this year to support Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will be deployed to Afghanistan.

Rakkasans from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team had previously supported Afghanistan in its fight against Al Qaeda and Taliban forces during Operation Anaconda in 2002.

"The Rakkasans are trained, well-led, and prepared to accomplish any mission given to them while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel."

The soldiers had also performed advise-assist missions in 2014-2015.

101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) acting senior commander brigadier general Scott E. Brower said: "The Rakkasans are trained, well-led, and prepared to accomplish any mission given to them while supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel."

The US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) commenced Operation Freedom's Sentinel in January 2015 after ending its combat mission, Operation Enduring Freedom.

Nato's Resolute Support mission also commenced in the same year, with nearly 13,000 personnel sent to train, assist and advise the Afghan Security Institutions and the Afghan National Defense & Security Forces.

In July 2016, the army announced that it will send air crew and aviators from the New York Army National Guard to Afghanistan in early 2017.

Nearly 24 soldiers from Detachment 1, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment will be sent to support US forces already in the country.

The US military personnel have committed to eliminate terrorists emerging from Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks.