White House omits troop counts in Afghanistan and Iraq in new report

President Donald Trump.
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The White House didn't disclose troop counts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria in a semi-annual report sent to Congress on Monday, Yahoo reports.

Why it matters: Trump has said before that he doesn't want to announce troop numbers in an effort to avoid advertising U.S. deployments, despite disclosing the counts in the previous report (8,448 troops in Afghanistan, 5,262 in Iraq, and 503 in Syria). The omission also comes less than a week after the Pentagon released updated numbers in Syria (2,000 troops). The administration has also been criticized for not detaling U.S. military involement in Niger where four U.S. troops were killed in Oct.