US Confirms About 11000 American Troops In Afghanistan

US military personnel listen to President Donald Trump deliver remarks on Americas involvement in Afghanistan at the Fort Myer military base

About 11,000 US troops are serving in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Wednesday, thousands more than it has previously stated.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis says he has signed orders to send additional soldiers to Afghanistan, without, however, specifying the size of the force.

The release of the new figures followed the implementation of new accounting methods, as even the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis himself was unsure how many troops he had in Afghanistan.

According to McKenzie, after former president Barack Obama set a ceiling of 8,400 troops for the Afghanistan intervention last July, military commanders had been hampered in their ability to deploy full units, leading to "unintended consequences".

On Monday, Ms. White said that the revised troop numbers for Afghanistan did not necessarily mean a decision on a troop surge was imminent.

Nearly a half of American voters support President Donald Trump's plan to increase troops in Afghanistan, while nearly the same number oppose the plan, a recent poll showed. He added that Mattis will take a decision only after there is more clarity on the accounting rules and the exact troop numbers in Afghanistan.

White said the same "guiding principles" will apply to the USA troop count in Iraq and Syria, which is now under review.

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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.

There are roughly 11,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Wednesday, saying it has eliminated misleading troop caps that failed to account for servicemembers on temporary duty.

On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that the bulk of the additions will be paratroopers from two units, the 82nd Airborne Division and a brigade from the 25th Infantry Division. Almost 17 years after the USA first invaded to dislodge the Islamic government of the Taliban, which refused to give up Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Trump said he would no longer focus on nation-building.

Current numbers show there are 5,262 forces in Iraq, and 503 in Syria, Military Times reported. "We will continue to fully report all forces to Congress in closed settings", he added.

United States forces deployed in Afghanistan serve two primary missions, one of which is the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission to train and advise Afghan security forces.

Over the past months, the Afghan capital has been rocked by a series of deadly bomb attacks claimed by Taliban as well as the Daesh Takfiri terror group, which has gained a foothold mainly in the country's east.

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