Keane spoke with Fox News on Friday as reports surfaced the Pentagon will send roughly 4,000 additional American forces to fight a reinvigorated Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has not made an announcement on increasing troop levels in Afghanistan, but a Trump administration official told the Associated Press such an announcement could come as early as next week.
Keane said the 4,000 figure is “only speculation at this point” and not enough to defeat the Taliban and boost the Afghan Army’s military might.
“There’s no doubt the 4,000 will be helpful,” he said. “But the real question is: Will it change the momentum of the war to our favor? My judgment is it’s likely not to.”
The administration official told the AP that the bulk of the additional troops will train and advise Afghan forces, while a smaller number would assist in counterterrorism operations against the Taliban and the Islamic State.
The Pentagon, meanwhile, told Fox News early Friday that no final determination has been made about sending additional troops.Read more at NYPost