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