President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Monday night in a speech the administration said would lay out his vision moving forward in Afghanistan — where the US has been at war for nearly 16 years.
Trump's primetime speech in front of a military crowd in Virginia didn't specifically mention troop numbers — but several outlets said his plan will include an additional 4,000 US members of the military sent to Afghanistan.
Trump's plan is the latest in a string of strategies that have guided US forces over the last decade and a half.
Fully eradicating the Taliban was left in limbo when a US-led coalition invaded Iraq in 2003. That invasion diverted resources and attention from Afghanistan, leaving some to dub it America's "Forgotten War."
The US presence in Afghanistan increased again in 2009, when President Barack Obamaannounced a surge of 21,000 troops to help stabilize the country.
At its peak in 2011, the US had more than 100,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan. As the Obama administration wound down, so too did the US mission. Sort of.
But since then, things have heated up again, as both the Taliban and an offshoot of ISIS have gained strength.