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Number of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan Overlooks Thousands of Support Troops

August 1, 2018
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President Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has also authorized — and the Pentagon is deploying — at least 13,000 troops beyond that number, according to defense officials. (Washington Post — 14 October, 2009)
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In an unannounced move authorized by the White House, the Pentagon is deploying at least 13,000 support troops to Afghanistan in addition to the 21,000 combat troops announced in March. (MSNBC — 14 October, 2009)
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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that he has ordered the deployment of as many as 3,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to meet what the top commander there has described as pressing security needs. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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The nation’s top military officer told Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. war in Afghanistan “probably needs more forces” and sought to reassure lawmakers skeptical of sending additional troops that commanders were devising new tactics that would lead to victory over a resurgent Taliban. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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Corruption may derail the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan even if more U.S. troops are sent there, the top military commander there has concluded, according to U.S. officials. (MSNBC — 14 October, 2009)
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In a surprising evolution, the secretaries of state and defense have formed an informal partnership in favor of a moderate buildup in American troops. (New York Times — 14 October, 2009)
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