The US Defense Department is likely to announce publicly that there are over 2,000 American troops in Syria, despite earlier reports that put that number at around 500.
According to two US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity Friday, the Pentagon will make the announcement as early as Monday, Reuters reported.
This comes as the military acknowledges that the Force Management Level (FML), an accounting system for troops, has under-reported the number of forces in the war-torn country.
The FML was introduced in Iraq and Syria during the administration of former President Barack Obama as a way to exert control over the military.
However, the numbers do not reflect the actual size of the US forces on the ground as commanders sometimes bring in troops temporarily or employ more contractors.
Current FML figures are officially 503 in Syria, but US officials have privately acknowledged that the actual number is higher than the reported…