Defense Secretary James Mattis has directed the Pentagon to reverse an Obama-era policy of hiding the real number of American troops serving in Afghanistan.
The previous administration, anxious to prove to the American people that President Obama had pulled troops from the war-torn country, consistently low-balled their reports.
Policies were implemented that prevented troops on “temporary assignment” or those involved in overlap of troop rotations from being counted.
The result? The official count of American troops in Afghanistan jumped from 8,448 to 11,000.
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