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Paradise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 09:42 PM
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how many troops do we have in afghanistan today? need to know.
a * operative on c-span said we have 45,000 troops in afghanistan today, and i am almost positive that number is false, and that we have nowhere near that number. i already tried to search. can anyone help me out here? thanks.
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 09:52 PM
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1. I thought it was mroe like 4,000 to 5,000, but I'm not sure. I'll help
you look.
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Paradise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 10:22 PM
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8. this is, most likely, the correct #. they are "spinning" the #'s. n/t
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 09:53 PM
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2. The last number I heard was 11,000
Edited on Mon Oct-11-04 09:54 PM by proud patriot
:shrug: that was at the begining of Summer
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 09:55 PM
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3. I believe they upped it to 19,000
for the election.

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Paradise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 10:18 PM
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6. thank you so much. please read my reply # 5. :) n/t
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Paradise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 10:17 PM
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5. thank you so much. :)
today on c-span a bush operative argued that we have 45,000 troops in afghanistan. that was his counter to 'we pulled troops out of afghanistan and diverted them into iraq'. they will say anything! like kerry said... "These guys are the biggest bunch of liars and crooks I've ever seen".
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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 09:57 PM
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4. Here's a site that has it at 17,900. I was waaaay off.
http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/news/2004/040709-afgh...

U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan at 17,900, and expected to hold steady

In-Depth Coverage
By Lisa Burgess

ARLINGTON, Va. U.S. military forces in Afghanistan now number 17,900 and are likely to remain at that level at least through the New Year, according to senior Pentagon leaders.

Lt. Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, the Joint Staffs Director of Operations, gave the size of the current U.S. presence in Afghanistan during testimony Wednesday before the House Armed Services Committee.

His revelation that there are close to 18,000 U.S. troops involved in Operation Enduring Freedom appeared to surprise some members of the committee including Rep. John Spratt, a Democrat from South Carolina who had presumed a considerably smaller presence.

SNIP
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Paradise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-11-04 10:19 PM
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7. thank you, ilsa. please read my reply # 5. :) n/t
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