US maintains 12,000 troops in Afghanistan

The Pentagon has more than 12,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday — about 3,500 more than the agency acknowledges publicly.

The Pentagon publicly acknowledges some 8,500 troops as being deployed in Afghanistan. But according to the Journal, another 3,500 are there on temporary assignment or some other status.

The Pentagon has typically only disclosed those troops on longer deployments, but omits those who move in and out of the country on a temporary basis.

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