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11,000 U.S. Troops Are In Afghanistan, Thousands More Than Previously Acknowledged

A U.S. Marine looks out as an dusk charge gathers above an outpost nearby Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

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A U.S. Marine looks out as an dusk charge gathers above an outpost nearby Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters/Viking

A Pentagon orator pronounced Wednesday that 11,000 U.S. infantry are now in Afghanistan, thousands some-more than a formerly concurred 8,400.

The 8,400 series did not embody infantry on proxy assignment, according to a Pentagon. Acknowledging a aloft series is a matter of “transparency,” that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is perfectionist as a U.S. prepares to muster some-more army to Afghanistan.

Pentagon press secretary Dana White pronounced in a briefing, “The secretary has dynamic we contingency facilitate a accounting methodology and urge a public’s bargain of America’s infantry joining in Afghanistan.”

NPR Pentagon match Tom Bowman reports that a use of not including infantry on proxy assignment in a central total began in a Obama administration, that had set an top extent of U.S. infantry in Afghanistan during 8,400.

A invulnerability central told Bowman that a accounting process authorised for some-more coherence in assembly proxy needs.

Pentagon officials contend they still expect deploying about 4,000 some-more infantry as partial of President Trump’s plan for a fight in Afghanistan, that he announced final week.