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Marines in Iraq & U.S. Military Troop Levels in Afghanistan
I have been doing what we call "battlefield circulation" and visiting all of our Marines spread throughout the theater. I can tell you they are so appreciative for what you and the other great Americans do for all the troops. When they speak of the care packages, their face becomes a little brighter and I can tell you that the Marines at (undisclosed) really benefit from your packages as they have no PX to purchase items from.
The temp is constantly above 115 degrees, but we are very used to it. The Marines and Sailors are doing well and morale is high. I thank you once again for your support and please tell everyone who volunteers that they are our heros!!!! You make life much easier out here for us all and it gives the Marines even more purpose to stand on that wall and do what they do.
God Bless and Semper Fidelis
In this week's news .... 'some hundreds' of U.S. military troops will deploy in and out of Afghanistan ... in addition to the 8,400 that will be officially deployed going into 2017. From the Facebook page of General Joseph Votel:
The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Tuesday that "some hundreds" of U.S. forces — in addition to the 8,400 that President Barack Obama announced would stay in the country last week — will be based outside Afghanistan, but will be ready to quickly deploy into the warzone if needed.
The decision to place troops outside the country raises questions about the actual reduction in troop totals, since any number of the hundreds could be moved quickly in and out of the country on any given day.
Army Gen. John Nicholson told reporters that about 400 of the forces deployed outside Afghanistan will be part of the U.S. commitment to the NATO advise-and-assist mission.
Nicholson also said he is using new military authorities Obama granted — including airstrikes against the Taliban and other support to Afghan troops — "almost daily in support of the Afghans to enable them to take the offense."
For example, he said he provided U.S. combat support troops to help the Afghans fight around the northern city of Kunduz.