WASHINGTON – The Pentagon says there are about 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria. That is four times as much as the officials had openly acknowledged as recently as last month.
The new total does not mean that the extra troops are deploying to Syria. It is only a long-delayed confirmation that the troop numbers, the Pentagon was the quote were inaccurate. In fact, the spokesman of the Pentagon, which announced the new number Army Colonel Rob Manning, said Wednesday that the troop numbers have been declining in Syria.
Manning, who also said that there are about 5,200 U.S. troops in Iraq. That number is trending down, he said, as the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and Syria the transition from the support of offensive combat operations against Islamic State fighters for the support of the local safety efforts to prevent a return of.