Pen­tagon: US troop to­tal in Afghanistan larger than re­ported

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) — The Pen­tagon is poised to have roughly 15,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan in the com­ing months, as de­fense of­fi­cials Wed­nes­day fi­nally ac­knowl­edged the ac­tual num­ber of Amer­i­can forces in the coun­try after long cam­ou­flag­ing the to­tal in mis­lead­ing ac­count­ing mea­sures and red tape.

Se­nior De­fense of­fi­cials for the first time said there are about 11,000 U.S. forces cur­rently de­ployed to Afghanistan — thou­sands more than the 8,400 that were al­lowed un­der the pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tion’s troop cap. The of­fi­cials, how­ever, re­fused to pro­vide sim­i­lar de­tails for Iraq and Syria, where there also are thou­sands more than the Pen­tagon pub­licly ad­mits.

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