Troops: About 1,000 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division, soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division and various Special Forces units.
Location: Kandahar International Airport, Bagram Air Base and Mazar-i Sharif. Special Forces units operate across the country.
Equipment: The U.S. also has two carrier battle groups in the Arabian Sea. The carriers are the USS John C. Stennis and USS Theodore Roosevelt. B-1 and B-52 bombers also are still available at the joint U.S.-British air base on the Indian Ocean island of Diego Garcia.
Pakistan has allowed the use of three airfields by the coalition forces operating inside Afghanistan. Dalbandin Air Base in western Pakistan has played a role in coalition operations along with airfields in Jacobabad, about 150 miles from the Afghan border in south-central Pakistan, and Pasni, a coastal military base along the Arabian Sea, about 125 miles from the Iranian border.
Troops: Nearly 1,000 U.S. Air Force personnel
Location: Air base near the capital of Bishkek
Equipment: The base eventually will be home to cargo, refueling and transport aircraft and some fighter jets.
Troops: Roughly 1,000 soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division.
Location: Khanabad Air Base
Equipment: A variety of aircraft, possibly including attack helicopters
Troops: Between 45 and 200 U.S. Army and Air Force special operations forces are under consideration, according to Pentagon sources
Location: Near the capital of Tiblisi
Equipment: 10 unarmed UH-1 Huey helicopters were sent last October along with a team consisting of one U.S. service member and seven contractors to help with maintenance.
The United States is prepared to send a small contingent of troops into Yemen to assist that nation's effort to root out al Qaeda and other terrorist cells, a senior U.S. official told CNN. The emphasis of the still-evolving operation would be to train Yemeni forces and share intelligence, the official said.
Troops: 660 U.S. soldiers are aiding the Philippine army, including groups of 12 Special Forces soldiers attached to 10 Philippine army battalions.
Location: Island of Basilan
Equipment: Assorted aircraft
As with all special operations forces, the U.S. Army Rangers report to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) when in hostile or war situations. Along with the Rangers, which consists of one active regiment with three battalions, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command includes Army National Guard, civil affairs, psychological operations and chemical reconnaissance groups.
But the Rangers, themselves, are the spearhead of the Army's special operations forces. Ready to deploy by land, air and sea anywhere in the world at a moment's notice, Rangers specialize in rapid infantry assault, night fighting and airfield seizure. The Rangers are trained to infiltrate and exit by air, land or sea and have the capability to conduct...