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Number Of US Troops In Syria Four Times More Than Previously Acknowledged By Pentagon

The Pentagon announced on Wednesday, there are about 2,000 American soldiers in Syria — four times more than any official number previously acknowledged by U.S. officials, according to The Washington Post. Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning unveiled the number during a gathering with journalists, the report said. He said he was announcing the figure as part of a new effort by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to be more transparent regarding the amount of troops in harm’s way. “That’s where we are now,” Manning said. “If a major shift occurs, then we’ll come back out with a new, official number.” The actual amount of soldiers has been declining for months, the report said. Last week, an…