UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The U.S. is sending dozens of Marines to Afghanistan to bulk up its advising force in Helmand province.
On Aug. 8, the Pentagon confirmed that up to 100 additional Marines will be sent to Afghanistan to help advise Afghan forces as they fight the Taliban.
The Marines will join the more than 300 Marines already assigned to Task Force Southwest.
These Marines, who will serve as advisers, are typically attached to Afghan fighting units to assist with ground strategy and airstrike coordination.
A spokesman for CENTCOM called the move a tactical adjustment and said that it was not tied to President Trump’s long-anticipated new strategy for Afghanistan.
Earlier this summer, U.S. officials said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was considering ordering an additional 4,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.