Pentagon expected to acknowledge there are 2K US troops in Syria: report

Pentagon expected to acknowledge there are 2K US troops in Syria: report
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The Pentagon is expected to acknowledge as early as Monday that the U.S. has about 2,000 troops on the ground in Syria, according to a Friday Reuters report.

The number does not represent an increase in troop levels in the country, but simply reflects a more accurate count. The official troop count in Syria currently given by the U.S. military is around 500.

U.S. troops in Syria are primarily supporting Syrian Democratic Forces fighting Islamic State militants in the country's north. The Pentagon is not expected to reveal the number of troops in Iraq, because of political sensitivities about U.S. forces in Iraq, Reuters reported.

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The current official troop count under an accounting system known as the Force Management Level (FML) does not always reflect the U.S. commitment on the ground accurately. That's because commanders often bring in temporary forces or hire more contractors.

Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaPence lobbies anti-Trump donors to support reelection: report The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump attacks on McCain rattle GOP senators Obama reveals his March Madness bracket MORE, whose administration implemented the FML, would raise the limits in Syria and Iraq from time to time, as the U.S. sought to beat back ISIS fighters.

Reuters' report came the same day that Turkey said President Trump had agreed to stop arming Syrian Kurds in the fight against ISIS.