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As the US prepares to up its troop count in Afghanistan, the Pentagon is coming clean on the number of its soldiers actually serving in the country.
Washington admitting on Wednesday (August 30) that that number is 11,000, significantly more than that what it's said publicly in the past.
Previously, defense officials had said there were only around 8,400 troops in the country under a cap set by the Obama administration.
But commanders have been using loop holes to try and skirt the restrictions, including bringing in temporary forces.
Officials say the announcement only came after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis got frustrated with the system to count US troops in combat zones, saying he wants a complete headcount before making any decision on how many more troops will be sent under Donald Trump's "fight to win" plan.