How many US military troops are in Syria?
Are there any official statistics, claims by Russia or Syria, Or any other notable sources about this?
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Official number is 503. There are reports of 4000 from one general's press conference, the main explanation usually offered between discrepancy being temporary vs permanent troops (or, "general misspoke", you takes your bets).
GEN. JARRARD: So there -- we have a -- approximately 55,000 Syrian -- or 5,000 -- I'm sorry -- it's -- I think it's a little over 4,000 U.S. troops in Syria right now that are supporting efforts in -- against Daesh, and supporting the SDF.
Q: So you have 4,000 U.S. troops in Syria? Because I thought the -- publicly, previously, the number was 1,000? This would be four times -- well, it was actually 500. But you're saying 4,000 U.S. troops are currently in Syria?
GEN. JARRARD: I'm sorry. I misspoke there. There are approximately 500 troops in Syria.
Q: Because I think the accurate number is 1,000.
Q: Then why'd you ask the question if you know the answer?
Q: Well, I knew -- (inaudible).
MR. PAHON: Idrees, as you know, the FML is 503 in Syria, and 5,262 in Iraq. FML is 503 in Syria and 5,262 in Iraq.
(Source: Department of Defense Press Briefing by General Jarrard via teleconference from Baghdad, Iraq; Press Operations; Major General James B. Jarrard, commander, Special Operations Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve; Eric J. Pahon, Defense Department Spokesman ; Oct. 31, 2017)