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‘Guardian angel’ need for advisers in Afghanistan drives call for more troops

Thomas Ruttig < 1 min

Reuters, 18 August 2017

Author Josh Smith, among other things, gives figures about composition of RS mission:

Of the 12,447 troops from 39 countries that make up the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, about 2,865 are classified as advisers, according to numbers provided by the coalition. 

Another 7,766 are considered “enablers”, which can range from logistics and security troops to fighter aircraft pilots. 

And, finally, 1,816 are deployed as “command and control”. (…)

Among the 23,500 private contractors also employed by the U.S. military in Afghanistan, only 800 are classified as trainers, according to the Pentagon.