The United States is sending up to 100 additional U.S. Marines to Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday, NBC News reported.
Marines who are already deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations will be sent to help with internal force protection.
The additional Marines are being deployed from the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command, NBC News reported.
The request was made by Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner and approved by Central Command’s Gen. Joseph Votel. The request is not connected with Trump’s strategy known as the South Asia strategy.
The Pentagon did not specify exactly how many Marines would be sent to Afghanistan, but it did mention that it would be no more than 100.