U.S President Donald Trump this week had lunch with a group of senior service members in a bid to come up with ideas on fighting the war in Afghanistan.
Trump said before the lunch that he wants “to find out why we’ve been there for 17 years, how it’s going and what we should do in terms of additional ideas.”
He said: “We have plenty of ideas from a lot of people, but I want to hear it from people on the ground.”
This comes as Trump’s aides search for an improved strategy in tackling the war – a war that has been ongoing for 17 years.
It was widely expected that Trump’s new strategy would be unveiled by mid-July, however this has not happened.
Following weeks of speculation over Trump’s decision on troop levels, a White House spokesman said last week that the president will unveil his strategy for the war in Afghanistan only once the review process has been completed.
This comes after Trump put the Department of Defense in charge of developing a new military strategy for the U.S in Afghanistan.