Transcript for U.S. now has 11,000 troops in Afghanistan
Stephanie promised joins us live from there now asefi before we get into a couple of other headlines Ari heard about and want to learn some more about you have just come. From and about the Pentagon rather briefing and it was a little bit of news on that what you learned. Absolutely on that will this is a very highly anticipated press briefing here at the Pentagon it was the first. On camera briefing by chief spokesperson Dana White and the DOD said they want to hold this briefing. To bring transparency to the number to the amount of US troops. On the ground in Afghanistan and they announced just a few moments ago that 111000 US troops. Are currently on the ground in Afghanistan now what is the significance of that number well. Since last July we knew that. 8400 US troops officially that was the official number that 8400. US troops on the ground there in Afghanistan so we now know that since last summer. That number has grown by a couple of thousand it now stands at 111000. US chips are on the ground. And on the Stephanie do we know why there was that gap in numbers why the understanding with one number verses what it actually it. Well this is something that current secretary of defense Mattis inherited from. President Obama he act in he put in place the FM now which. We heard from in this in this briefing it stands for foreign for force management level which is. Basically the official putting out there the official each group cap number that are allowed in that country's so. Again last summer's wet we were told 8400. We are we now know it's 111000 US troops on the ground in Afghanistan reporters just a few moments ago were asking. The chief spokesperson Dana White hair how many troops will be sent now to Afghanistan under president trams. New strategy that number has not been released and probably won't be released for quite some time but. But we do know how many troops are there on the ground right now we also do know that with. The secretary of defense Mattis he. Initially wanted. To send up to 3900 troops under this new strategy to Afghanistan but we now understand. That he wants revisions to that new plan he has asked his joint staff to to come up with the written revisions based on. The the number. Of troops are currently there on the ground and and the DOD is. You know what we gather just a few moments ago they want to to provide this transparency to the public. And and moving forward. Bill review what's in place in a rock in Syria and provide that same number are provide. Numbers to how many troops are there on the ground as well.
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