US to send more Marines to Afghanistan: report

US to send more Marines to Afghanistan: report
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The United States will send additional Marines to Afghanistan following an on-the-ground request, NBC News reported on Monday.

Officials told the news network that dozens of Marines will be sent to Helmand province to aid with internal force protection. The request is reportedly not part of an impending Trump administration strategy for Afghanistan.

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The request came from Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner and was approved by Central Command’s Gen. Joseph Votel, the report said.

The Marines heading to Afghanistan have been based in the region and are coming from Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command.