PEN­TAGON SAYS THERE ARE 11,000 U. S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/ WORLD -

The Pen­tagon re­vised the num­ber of U. S. troops in Afghanistan on Wed­nes­day, ac­knowl­edg­ing that there are 11,000 ser­vice mem­bers there, not the 8,400 that had been re­ported un­der a cap im­posed by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Pen­tagon spokeswoman Dana White said the new num­ber was not an in­crease but an ef­fort to be more trans­par­ent about troop num­bers.

Un­der pre­vi­ous rules, the Pen­tagon did not have to count tem­po­rary forces to meet the cap of 8,400 troops set by the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion. Those man­dates of­ten meant the Pen­tagon un­der­re­ported the per­son­nel in Afghanistan.

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