The Pentagon is sending up to 100 more Marines to Afghanistan

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.

"Dozens" of Marines assigned to Central Command's special purpose task force will join roughly 300 Marines currently at Camp Shorab in Helmand Province. The deployment of additional Marines came following a request from Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, according to NBC News.

The Pentagon told Marine Times the number of Marines headed to the region will number less than 100.

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The Marine Corps band called 'The Presidents Own' was created in 1798. Here they are in 1893.

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The Marines pose for a photo in Egypt in 1907.

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Marines pose with a German trench mortar in 1918.

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Marines duing WWI circa 1918. 

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Marines run a drill during combat training in Germany, 1918. 

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Grumman FF-2, circa 1930

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Pearl Harbor survivor Technical Sergeant Anglin on December 8th 1941.

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Marines patiently wait to be called for 'chow time' 1943.

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Marines admire a photo of a pin-up girl in 1943 while in Japan. 

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James Wrobel, Designer of VMF-312 Insignia, circa 1943

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Marines arrive on the Japanese island Saipan. 1944 WWII

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Marines stationed in Bougainville.

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Marines wait for letters from home to be distributed. 

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Pictured here : 'Code Talkers'  1943 were a group a Native American Marines would used their native language to relay coded messages. 

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 Marines fire a 155mm Howitzer Iwo Jima.

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A Navy Corpsman administers blood plasma to a Marine. 1944

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Marines are surrounded by bullet shells at  the base of Mount Suribachi.

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Marines raise the American flag in Iwo Jima. 1945

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Marines celebrate the end of WWII. 1945

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Korean War 1950. 

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Female Marines began training in Parris Island, South Carolina, 1949.

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Marines line up to receive items from home. Usually soda, candy and cigarettes. 

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A welcome banner can be seen here in Vietnam welcoming the Marines in Danang in 1965. 

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A Marine rests while he can in Vietnam. 1968. 

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Moment of Peace: Corporal Larry G. Nabb (Brush, Colorado) finds a moment of peace in front of a gaily decorated Christmas tree at Quang Tri Combat Base. Nabb is serving as a truck driver with 3d Marine Division’s Headquarters Battalion, and is one of thousands of Marines celebrating their Christmas in Vietnam 

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Private First Class Ronald Duplantis prepares a 122mm enemy field weapon for shipment.

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Marines carry supplies from a cargo plane to a nearby base. 1969.

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Marines register to vote for the 1969 presidential election.

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David Gurfein sits next to a Christmas tree in Saudi Arabia while serving during Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

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Marines prepare to enter Saddam Husseins palace in 2003.

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U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad in this April 9, 2003 file photo. U.S. troops pulled down a 20-foot (six-metre) high statue of President Saddam Hussein in central Baghdad and Iraqis danced on it in contempt for the man who ruled them with an iron grip for 24 years. In scenes reminiscent of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Iraqis earlier took a sledgehammer to the marble plinth under the statue of Saddam. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files (IRAQ - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CONFLICT) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE IS PART OF PACKAGE '30 YEARS OF REUTERS PICTURES' TO FIND ALL 56 IMAGES SEARCH '30 YEARS'

Marines can be seen fighting in Fallujah in 2004.

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'Darkhorse' Marines lost the most men in Afghanistan over any other Marine unit. They can be seen here in 2010.

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Cpl. Chris Lawler observes a  F/A-18C Hornet with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 122 approach during Exercise Pitch Black 2016 on Aug. 9, 2016.

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Around 20,000 recruits are trained in Parris Island every year. 

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Sgt. Justin Glenn Burnside motivates a recruit with Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion 

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Marines take their oath at the 2012 U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2012 graduation.

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The Marines are likely to come from 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, a 29 Palms, California-based infantry unit currently serving as the ground combat element for the task force.

"Periodically, forces are reallocated to the Resolute Support Mission to provide greater operational flexibility to the commander. These Marines are being reallocated to Afghanistan as part of a routine intra-theater movement of forces," said a statement from the NATO advise and assist mission.

There are less than 10,000 NATO troops currently in Afghanistan, though the Trump administration has considered sending additional troops as part of a strategy change. The most recent assessment from the Institute for the Study of War,released in February 2016, shows the situation has been deteriorating, especially since troop levels were lowered significantly after 2011.

Of about 400 districts in Afghanistan, the Talibancontrols, contests, or influences171, according tothe Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

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