Washington: For the first time since the 9/11 attacks, the United States now has more troops in Afghanistan than in Iraq.
There are now 94,000 US troops in Afghanistan against 92,000 in Iraq, the Pentagon said.
The number of American soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan is likely to touch the 100,000 marks; while those in Iraq would come down to 50,000.
The Obama administration is aiming to defeat and destroy the al Qaeda network, saying that terrorists have found safe havens along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Afghanistan has witnessed a series of explosions and terror attacks, including against NATO soldiers, in recent weeks, which have been blamed on Taliban militants.