Is the Pentagon under-reporting the number of U.S. troops that are deployed in Afghanistan? The Pentagon has publicly acknowledged that some 8,500 troops are deployed in Afghanistan, but according to The Wall Street Journal, there are another 3,500 boots on the ground there. That means more than 12,000 U.S. soldiers are fighting in America’s longest war today.
The Pentagon typically only discloses those troops that no longer deployed, but doesn’t reveal those who move in and out of the country on a temporary basis. The report that America currently has 12,000 troops in Afghanistan comes a day after President Trump announced a new strategy for the war there.
President Trump said that the U.S. would not withdraw its forces because doing so would create a “safe haven” for terrorists. The president did not say how many new troops would be sent to Afghanistan, but the Pentagon has recommended nearly 4,000 soldiers. The new troops could arrive within a few weeks according to Gen. Joseph Votel, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East.
Those new deployments could bring the total number of U.S. troops in the country to about 16,000, according to the Wall Street Journal.
What do you think about the possibility that 16,000 soldiers could be fighting in the Afghanistan war? What are your comments about the possibility that the Pentagon may be under reporting the numbers?
Credit: The Hill