The Pentagon Comes Clean About Thousands Of US Troops In Afghanistan

President Trump announces Afghanistan strategy in Fort Myer in Arlington Virginia

Speaking to reporters Thursday at the Pentagon, Mattis said the additional troops would mostly advise and "enable the Afghan forces to fight more effectively" against the Taliban and more than a dozen terror groups in Afghanistan.

The Post also said the surge will include more F-16 fighter jets, A-10 attack aircraft and expanded support from the B-52 bomber fleet based in Qatar.

"I am pleased to see that as we prepare to execute a new strategy in Afghanistan, President Trump and Secretary Mattis have chosen to put the facts on the table".

As Air Force statistics showed, US warplanes dropped 1,984 bombs and missiles in 2017. "It is more advisers, it is more enablers, fire support, for example".

The Pentagon is now reviewing exact troop levels in Iraq and Syria, but has not said when those revised figures could be announced.

"Yes, I have signed orders but it is not complete".

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In an August 21 speech, Trump did not mention that an increase in US troop levels was part of his new strategy. "Conditions on the ground, not arbitrary timetables, will guide our strategy from now on". Because the Obama administration had set caps on the number of troops allowed to be deployed to active war zones in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, U.S. commanders found ways to supplement their forces by "temporarily" adding additional troops who would not be counted.

Mattis declined to identify what units he ordered to deploy, how many additional troops that he had approved or when they would arrive in Afghanistan.

The number of troops deployed to Afghanistan is actually closer to 11,000, Defense Department spokeswoman Dana White said at a news conference.

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

Guns for sale inside a bazaar in Kabul's old city neighborhood on July 20, 2017 - United Nations reports the city has the highest number of civilian casualties, suicide attacks and terror threats. The Afghan government only controls half of the country and is beset by corruption and infighting. Trump is the third American president promising to win the war, preceded by George W. Bush, who originally sent troops to Afghanistan, and Obama, who repeatedly vowed to pull them out. More than 2,000 Americans have been killed in the war since the US invasion about a month after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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