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Forget 4,000 troops. Pentagon reveals 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, and rising

Forget 4,000 troops. Pentagon reveals 11,000 troops in Afghanistan, and rising

While a large US troop presence in Afghanistan should shock no one, the Pentagon decided to come clean, and reveal that there are approximately 11,000 American troops serving in Afghanistan.

The troop number is thousands higher than previous reports, and highlights just how bogged down the United States is in Afghanistan…a 17 year war that the US has no idea how to win, or what victory even looks like.

With another 4,000 plus US troops on the way, expect America to be in Afghanistan for another 17 years.

The Gateway Pundit reports that Defense Department spokeswoman, Dana White, stated that the new number does “not represent an increase in troops in the country,” but with the influx of new troops spurred by the McMaster-wing of the White House, the roughly 8,400 troops in Afghanistan – a cap set during the Obama years – is seemingly increasing.

White claimed that the new number comes on the heels of Defense Secretary James Mattis reversing the method previously used for counting troops, these methods left off shorter missions and partial-unit deployments, as well as various other factors.

The changes, according to White, are in place to “enhance the trust the public has placed in the department,” and that the new total is allegedly only “approximate” and for “operational security” purposes, according Joint Staff Director Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frank McKenzie, Jr.

White also failed to comment on the troop level details for Iraq and Syria, where thousands more troops are serving, she cited, “each operational theater” being “different”.

The Hill reports…

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It’s known within defense circles that there are far more troops in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq than the Pentagon officially admits. Due to the Obama-era troop caps, commanders artificially keep the public troop count lower by moving forces around in the region and using specific personnel accounting methods.

Following the announcement, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) applauded what he said was a decision by the White House and Pentagon to “put the facts on the table.” He also took a swipe at the previous president.

“The Obama Administration did not shoot straight on how many people they sent to Afghanistan, which added cost to the mission and made it harder to succeed,” he said in a statement. “It is important to be upfront about the importance of the mission and what it takes to succeed.”

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tjoes
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tjoes

I guess the Pentagon said their Kol Nidre prayers. We have to defend the poppy fields from those terrible Taliban that eradicated them before..

seby
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seby

I’m sure the “new” figure doesnt include the blackwater, dynacorp and other private mercenaries paid by the US Govt.

Vtran
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Vtran

Paid for by U$ american citizen taxes

seby
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seby

Everyone on the planet pays for U$ imperialism for sure.

Vtran
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Vtran

Everyone pays for U$ Americans to Live Beyond their Means …. that is why the U$ American Dollar needs to end being the Reserve Currency … so that U$ Americans Live Within Means

FeralCat
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FeralCat

It is very sad that president Trump has still got three generals (McMaster, Kelly and Mattis) who think Afcrapistan can still come in under budget (in lives, limbs and hundreds of billions) and ahead of schedule after 16 years with nothing real accomplished in the last 15 3/4 years, and he hasn’t permanently transferred them all to the North Pole or somewhere in the Upper Amazon where they can try their beloved COIN/”winning hearts and minds” on the cannibals there.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

They have accomplished something: they’ve revitalised the poppy growing industry and hugely increased it. US troops also guard the poppy fields.

cortisol
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cortisol

Afghanistan is a vital platform for the ziocons to disrupt China’s “One belt one road” initiative and foment the yankee jihadi doctrine to spread further in Eurasia and the planned route and surroundings. They’ve now installed their IS puppet there as well, which is also fighting Taleban. In that sense it would make sense to support Taleban and make it a meat grinder for the Americans and bog them down.

K Pomeroy
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K Pomeroy

It seems like Trump has betrayed his supporters again—“kicked the deplorables to the curb.” Like his Tomahawk strike on Syria’s Shayrat air base, it’s getting hard to defend Trump’s actions. Who is controlling him? Is he just a puppet of the deep state? Or is he involved in a struggle against the American-European corporate elite, like Putin had to struggle against the Kremlin oligarchs? This article puts a microscope on some of the deep state factors in Afghanistan

https://quemadoinstitute.org/2017/08/26/afghanistan-escalation-full-analysis-by-quemado-institute/

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

It doesn’t matter how many cannon-fodder the US sends to Afghanistan. They won’t win where there is nothing to be won. In 2011, US/NATO had 140,000 troops in Afghanistan. WHAT did they win?

Freethinking Влади́мир
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Freethinking Влади́мир

I know the White House is ruled by the Pentagon when it comes to foreign policy now. In return Turmp supposedly gets more power for national affairs. Yet it’s surreal to think that the honesty of a General (my interpretation) ended the Vietnam war. After years of sending troops after troops and creating increasingly a bigger nightmare, Nixon asked a General, “tell me honestly, if I send another 200.000 troops to Vietnam, is it enough to win?” The General said “I don’t know”. That’s when Nixon pulled the troops out which produced those iconic images. The intention is to stay… Read more »

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

There are currently 8 members of Trumps cabinet who were former military!

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Gonzogal

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Kamran Nawaz
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Kamran Nawaz

Bulk of NGO’s are working under the state department and huge number of missionaries are working for their government.

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

Break out more “body bags” eh president Mattis!!!

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