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President Barack Obama has announced plans to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.
President Obama sets out his new strategy for Afghanistan
The announcement came in a major policy speech to prime time audiences at West Point military academy in New York.
The troops - adding to 68,000 already there - would be deployed early next year to allow US forces to begin withdrawing at the end of the following year, bringing an end to "an era of war and suffering", Mr Obama said.
He said the US wanted to "bring this war to a successful conclusion" and "was not interested in figh
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Private contractors employed by the Defense Department in Afghanistan will continue to outnumber the size of the American troop presence, even after President Obama sends 30,000 more soldiers to fight in the war, according to the military's most recent contractor count.
The latest figure on DOD contractors in the country is a whopping 104,100, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command tells TPM. That number, which is expected to grow, is already greater than the 98,000 U.S. troops that will be in the country after the new deployments.