Here's how many US troops and private contractors have been sent to Afghanistan

President Donald Trump said he plans to increase the number of US troops in Afghanistan in a speech Monday night, and continue the longest-running war in American history.

Currently, there are about 9,800 US troops stationed in Afghanistan and more than 26,000 contractors.

The Pentagon defines a defence contractor as “any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, or other legal non-federal entity that enters into a contract directly with the DOD to furnish services, supplies, or construction.”

This also includes intelligence analysis, translation and interpretation, as well as private-security contractors — who began taking over roles once held by uniformed soldiers after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The defence industry has also made incredible profits since 2001, including nearly $US100 billion in Afghanistan since 2007.

The graphic below compares the number of US troops and defence contractors in Afghanistan over the last decade.

Afghanistan US troops versus contractorsSkye Gould/Business InsiderUS defence contractors versus US troops deployed to Afghanistan in last decade.

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