U.S. President Donald Trump has pledged to deploy more military service personnel to Afghanistan. The strategy laid out in a speech held at Fort Meyer in Virginia on Monday is a reversal of Trump’s erstwhile position, based on the notion that a complete withdrawal would be best, to end America’s 16-year long military engagement.
Trump didn’t say how many more soldiers he wants to send to the South Asian hotspot to prop up the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in their fight against the Taliban insurgency. However, observers think 4,000 troops are likely, as this is the figure the Pentagon has asked for. As our infographic shows this would still be a far cry from troop levels in 2011.
In the past and during the current deployment the Army always has provided the brunt of the force in Afghanistan, according to figures provided by the Department of Defense. In 2011 and in 2017 Army personnel made up more than half of the total deployment - all other branches (active duty and reserve), National Guard and civilian employees combined.