The Pentagon is sending up to 100 more Marines to Afghanistan to help shore up internal security for the current contingent of troops already there.
The United States will send additional Marines to Afghanistan following an on-the-ground request, NBC News reported on Monday.
There are now more than 300 Marines assigned to Task Force Southwest, and the total additional force is less than 100 marines, the officials said.
There are less than 10,000 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops now in Afghanistan, though the Trump administration has considered sending additional troops as part of a strategy change.
In addition, U.S. forces support NATO's train, advise and assist mission to help Afghan forces fight the Taliban. "These Marines are being reallocated to Afghanistan as part of a routine intra-theater movement of forces", said a statement from the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation advise and assist mission.
Two U.S. soldiers were killed, and four wounded, in a Taliban attack on a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy on August 2, bringing the total number of American troop deaths in Afghanistan this year to nine, reports ABC.
The officials said this deployment is not tied to the Trump administration's long-awaited new South Asia strategy, but instead fulfills a request from the commander on the ground, Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, and was approved by Central Command's Gen. Joseph Votel. President Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to deploy more troops.
The report said a spokesman for Resolute Support, NATO's train and assist mission in Afghanistan, also confirmed the move.