68 percent of Republicans say they support Trump's plan to increase troops in Afghanistan and 38 percent say the U.S.is winning that war.
White said the new figures represent transparency in regard to total US forces.
Gen. Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie Jr., told reporters at the Pentagon that the total number of United States forces in Afghanistan is approximately 11,000, up from the previously announced number of 8,400. There have always been political sensitivities within the Iraq government about the number of American troops on the ground, and those concerns raise questions about whether the Pentagon will be less candid about force numbers there to avoid conflicts.
He did not provide numbers, however for troop in Iraq and Syria, saying they were "under review". The remainder of U.S. forces in Afghanistan carry out counterterrorism missions in the country.
The US Defense Ministry has for the first time announced the number of American forces in Afghanistan, raising its estimate by almost 3,000.
Nearly a half of American voters support President Donald Trump's plan to increase troops in Afghanistan, while nearly the same number oppose the plan, a new poll showed. At the very least, it allows Americans, who are increasingly insulated from the costs of US military engagements, to have a clear understanding of our efforts and commitments overseas and to make informed judgments about USA foreign policy.More news: Just Kidding, Kathy Griffin Isn't Sorry For That Trump Decapitation Photo
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The troop levels, aimed at "more transparency", were revealed at a joint news briefing by the Pentagon's Chief Spokesperson and Joint Staff Director Wednesday.
"President Trump and Secretary Mattis have chosen to put the facts on the table", Rep. Mac Thornberry, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a statement issued shortly after the announcement.
Afghanistan has been suffering from decades of a Taliban-led militancy and the 2001 invasion of the U.S. and its allies. By March 2015, there were fewer than 10,000 there and Obama announced plans to drop the number to 5,500 by the end of 2016.
Since taking office President Donald Trump has moved to give his military commanders more control over the day-to-day operations of the wars.
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