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>> As President Donald Trump consider sending more US troops to Afghanistan. Alexandra McClintock lives each day under the shadow of the 16 year war.>> It never gets easier.>> Her husband Staff Sergeant Matthew McClintock killed in a fire fight with the Taliban in 2016, lay to rest here at Arlington National Cemetery.
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McClintock making a rare visit in January from Seattle, where she's raising their one year old son.>> Some days I'm okay, and then other days, the floor is gone from underneath you.>> McClintock died in Helmand province, scene of some of the war's fiercest fighting, and where more US troops are now likely headed to retake territory lost to the Taliban.
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Reuters Pentagon Correspondent, Idrees Ali.>> By one estimate about 25% all collision casualties since 2001 took place in that province, fighting Taliban militants. That province is central to the Taliban's opium and poppy harvest and it really leads to a lot of financing for the militant group which is then used to buy arms and then carry out attacks throughout the country.
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>> Expected ramp up where so many lives have been lost leaving the families of the fallen feeling torn.>> So a lot of the families have conflicting views where on the one hand, they understand that there's gonna be an increased risk when you send more troops and soldiers into Afghanistan especially if you're embedding them lower down with a convention of Taliban forces.
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But on the other hand, they also realized that you do need to send more troops to sort of regain the territory that's been lost in the past for years. The territory that their family and loved ones died fighting for. So they're having conflicting emotions, but in the case of Alexandra McClintock, she understands that you do need to send in more forces.
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You need to get the job done and to do that, you need more resources to carry it out properly.>> I'm so proud of him because he saved so many amazing men that are living amazing lives and doing amazing things.>> The new troops would join some 8,000 left in place by former president, Barack Obama, who had once hoped to end the war, now likely to stretch on indefinitely.