WASHINGTON – Pentagon officers for the first time confessed there are more than 11,000 U.S. troops now to Afghanistan.
That is far more than the 8,400 total admitted in the previous management’s troop cap.
Military officers have long quietly recognized there were far more forces in the country than the cap allowed, but officials moved troops in and out, labeled many “temporary,” and used other personnel accounting tactics to deceive the public.
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White declined to provide similar details for Syria and Iraq, where there also are thousands more than the Pentagon publicly admits.
The Afghanistan troop announcement comes as the Pentagon is preparing to deploy more than 3,900 Americans to the war to expand the training and advising of Afghan forces and boost counterterror operations.