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US Says It Has 11000 Troops in Afghanistan, More Than Formerly Disclosed - New York Times

WASHINGTON — The United States has about 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, acknowledging for the first time publicly that the total forces there are higher than formally disclosed in recent years. Previously, Defense ...and more »

Afghan troop surge likely to include thousands of paratroopers, Marines and heavy bombers - Washington Post

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 U.S ...and more »

Trump Won't Tell Americans How Many Troops He Is Risking - The Atlantic

Subscribe to The Atlantic's Politics & Policy Daily, a roundup of ideas and events in American politics. This month, the U.S. military has engaged opposing forces in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Afghanistan, where President Trump intends to send ...and more »

Pentagon Admits Thousands More Troops in Afghanistan Than Previously Reported - Foreign Policy (blog)

After months of providing misleading information on the actual number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Wednesday there are approximately 11,000 U.S. troops deployed on the ground, and not the 8,400 it had long claimed. The ...and more »

Mattis signs orders for more Afghanistan troops; says he's not at odds with Trump - CBS News

Defense Secretary Mattis has signed orders for the additional troops to Afghanistan, and they will start moving in the next few days, according to CBS News' David Martin. Trump outlines new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. Speaking with reporters at the ...and more »

Pentagon announces there are 2600 more troops in Afghanistan than previously reported - ABC News

The Pentagon announced there are actually about 11,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, much higher than the previously reported 8,400 figure used since last July. Interested in Afghanistan? Add Afghanistan as an interest to stay up to date on the latest ...and more »

Pentagon's concealment of total troops in war zones under fire - Politico

Caps on troop levels in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria mandated by the Obama administration have led to an elaborate Pentagon accounting system that conceals thousands of troops from the public — one that is quickly unraveling as the Trump administration ...and more »

US to send additional troops to Afghanistan - USA TODAY

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday that the Pentagon will dispatch additional troops to Afghanistan, where U.S.-backed security forces are stalemated in a war against the Taliban and other insurgent groups. Mattis declined to specify how many ...and more »

Pentagon admits US has more troops in Afghanistan than previously reported - PBS NewsHour

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is poised to have roughly 15,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan in the coming months, as defense officials on Wednesday finally acknowledged the actual number of American forces in the country after long camouflaging the total in ...and more »

DoD: We Lowballed the Number of Troops in Combat Zones for Years -

FILE -- Paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team patrol a village in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, May 29, 2012. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod). By Richard Sisk. The number of U.S. boots actually on ...and more »