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US troop total in Afghanistan larger than reported, Pentagon acknowledges

Pentagon officials have said for the first time that there are about 11,000 US forces currently deployed in Afghanistan.

The number is far more than the 8,400 total acknowledged under the previous administration's troop cap.

Military officials have long quietly acknowledged there were far more forces in the country than the cap allowed, but commanders shuffled troops in and out, labelled many "temporary" and used other personnel accounting tactics to artificially keep the public count low.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White declined to provide similar details for Iraq and Syria, where there are also thousands more than the Pentagon publicly admits.

The Afghanistan troop announcement comes as the Pentagon is preparing to deploy about 3,900 more Americans to the war to expand the training and advising of Afghan forces and boost counter-terror operations.

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