Director of the joint staff Corps United States marine corps Lieutenant General Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie Jr. told reporters at the Pentagon that the total number of American troops in Afghanistan is about 11,000, compared to the previously announced number of 8 400 people.
Mackenzie said that this change is primarily the result of the fact that the Ministry of defence now counts troops that are deployed for short periods, usually less than 180 days, according to the military. This change is the result of revised accounting procedures, implemented by the Minister of defense of Jim Mattis.
"The Secretary decided that we should simplify our accounting and to improve public understanding of America's military commitments in Afghanistan," said press Secretary Dana white. The change in how the troops are counted in Afghanistan, was quickly welcomed by a leading Republican on Capitol hill.
8 400 "level of management" was established by the previous administration, which also used the previous accounting system. American troops in Afghanistan, two main missions, most of which is assigned to the NATO mission to training and advising Afghan security forces, along with approximately 6,000 troops from other NATO countries. The rest of the American troops in Afghanistan performs a counter-terrorism mission in the country.
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