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WH Report to Congress Hides Troop Numbers in Hot Spots

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 11:49 AM

In an apparent reflection of President Donald Trump’s desire to keep secret the size of American military deployments in some international hot spots, the White House left out the number of U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria from a semi-annual report it provided to Congress, Yahoo reported on Tuesday.

The previous assessment sent to Congress in June included the number of Americans soldiers in those war zones.

The president has indicated that revealing troop numbers might give enemies a strategic advantage, although military and congressional officials privately dispute that idea, with some even saying some transparency is crucial for informed debate about the need for such deployments.

It is unclear if the White House detailed the troop figures to Congress in a classified addendum to the letter, Yahoo reported.

In any case, the secrecy over troop numbers in these hot spots appears to not be enforced throughout the administration, as just last week the Pentagon disclosed the number of American soldiers deployed in Syria and Iraq, The Hill reported.

And in August, the Pentagon also announced that there were more than 11,000 American forces in Afghanistan according to Military Times.

Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning explained to reporters last week that "Our commitment is to be as transparent as we can, within the constraints of operational security," RT reported.

The just-released report is one that is sent to Congress every six months under the 1973 War Powers Resolution, which was passed in an attempt to make presidents more accountable for the deployment of American troops due to the controversy over the Vietnam War.

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