U.S. says it has 11,000 troops in Afghanistan

U.S. says it has 11,000 troops in Afghanistan

About 11,000 U.S. troops are serving in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said at a news conference, thousands more than it has previously stated.

The Pentagon said previously that there were roughly 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, under a cap set during President Barack Obama’s administration.

“This is not an attempt to bring more forces in, but it is an attempt to actually clarify a very confusing set of reporting rules that has the unintended consequence of forcing commanders to make readiness trade-offs,” joint staff director, Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie said.

“So what it does is, it actually lets the American people know what their sons and daughters are doing in Afghanistan,” Reuters cited McKenzie as saying.

Previously disclosed troop numbers did not reflect the extent of the U.S. commitment on the ground since commanders sometimes brought in forces temporarily to get around the Obama-era limits.

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