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US to send 500 troops to Afghanistan

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The US announced Friday that it would send 500 soldiers to Afghanistan in the near future. The troops would be deployed at the US-led Bagram Airbase.

A statement issued by the US Army said that 500 soldiers from Fort Drum, New York, will journey to Afghanistan this winter on a regular rotation to replace outgoing units.

“These troops would also advise Afghan security forces during their nine-month period in Afghanistan,” the statement said. “The unit will complete a mission rehearsal exercise this month at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.”

The 2-87 Infantry would join the 10th Mountain Division headquarters, which is serving at Bagram Air field as the National Support Element.

This comes as the commander of the Resolute Support Mission and the United States Forces in Afghanistan, General John F. Campbell feared the situation in Afghanistan and said that due to the increasing insecurity and deteriorating situation in the war-torn country, he seeks to keep as many U.S. troops in Afghanistan as possible through 2016.

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