"The Marine Corps is sending additional troops to Afghanistan in response to a request from Task Force Southwest, a 300-strong contingent of Marines based in Helmand province, according to an Aug. 8 NBC News report.
The additional force â€" totaling less than 100 â€" will deploy from the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command, based in the region. The new deployees will assist with "internal force protection," according to three U.S. defense officials who spoke with NBC News, but the officials did not say where the additional troops would deploy â€" only that the service was "redirecting them from where they're at now to help with the mission."
The news comes as the Pentagon weighs whether to send an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan to bolster the 8,400 currently there, or whether to ramp down U.S. involvement in the nation. The U.S. troops in Afghanistan are tasked with training and advising their Afghan counterparts to tackle a resurgent Taliban and a nascent Islamic State threat in the country. The "advise and assist" mission isn't technically direct combat, but U.S. troops frequently embed with Afghan forces to provide kinetic support, which puts them in harm's way."CLICK to read more: http://bit.ly/2vnCylu