30 Aug '17, 11pm

Afghanistan Force Management Accounting Change Emphasizes Transparency

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2017 — A change in accounting for force management levels in Afghanistan allows U.S. officials to be more transparent in how many service members are in Afghanistan: There are 11,000, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr. , the director of the Joint Staff , said today. In a briefing for Pentagon reporters, White and McKenzie emphasized that this is not an increase in personnel assigned to the country and that the number does not include any new troops that may go to Afghanistan to implement President Donald J. Trump's new South Asia strategy announced last week. Previously, Defense Department officials maintained that about 8,400 American service members were in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis directed the department to revise how it accounts for deployed personnel carrying out major opera...

Full article: https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1295647/afgh...

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