Pentagon revises number of troops in Afghanistan, disclosing 2600 more

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Pentagon spokesperson Dana White announced Wednesday that there are approximately 11,000 USA troops in Afghanistan.

68 percent of Republicans say they support Trump's plan to increase troops in Afghanistan and 38 percent say the U.S.is winning that war.

Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said that while the same "principles of transparency" will apply in Iraq and Syria, those countries have their own interests.

The Pentagon has said previously that there are roughly 8,400 USA troops in Afghanistan, under a cap set during Barack Obama's administration. There have always been political sensitivities within the Iraq government about the number of American troops on the ground, and those concerns raise questions about whether the Pentagon will be less candid about force numbers there to avoid conflicts.

The Defense Department did not provide a thorough count of troops now operating in Iraq or Syria, but it plans to unveil more accurate numbers serving in those countries "soon", McKenzie said.

The bulk of the roughly 4,000 additional troops headed to Afghanistan will probably be composed of thousands of paratroopers from two units - the 82nd Airborne Division and an airborne brigade from the 25th Infantry Division, according to US officials.

The Afghanistan troop announcement comes as the Pentagon is preparing to deploy about 3,900 more Americans to the war to expand the training and advising of Afghan forces and boost counterterror operations.

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There have been 11,000 USA troops in Afghanistan for at least the last six months, McKenzie said.

Previously disclosed troop numbers did not reflect the extent of the USA commitment on the ground since commanders sometimes brought in forces temporarily to get around the Obama-era limits.

More air support - in the form of more F-16 fighters, A-10 ground attack aircraft and additional B-52 bomber support, or a combination of all three - is also probably on the way, according to a US official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss plans that had not yet been made public.

The Pentagon revealed Wednesday that there are approximately 2,600 more USA troops in Afghanistan than had been officially disclosed due to a change in its accounting procedures. "No deployment orders have been issued", he said of Trump's.

Afghanistan has been suffering from decades of a Taliban-led militancy and the 2001 invasion of the United States and its allies. President Barack Obama came into office saying he would give the war there the attention it required, and the number of American troops on the ground spiraled by mid-2010 to 100,000.

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