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(READ): US Wants 20,000 More Troops to Fight Taliban…

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US WarSource: Common Dreams

British and American soldiers to shoulder brunt of surge’s next phase
by Kim Sangupta

The commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan will ask for 20,000 more international troops as part of his new strategic plan for the alliance’s war against a resurgent Taliban, The Independent has learned.

British troops in Helmand province recently. Last month was the deadliest for UK forces since the Falklands war. (Photo: The Independent).The demand from General Stanley McChrystal will almost certainly lead to more British soldiers being sent to the increasingly treacherous battlegrounds of Helmand, the Taliban heartland, despite growing opposition to the war.

General McChrystal, tasked with turning the tide in the battle against the insurgency on the ground, has given a presentation of his draft report to senior Afghan government figures in which he also proposes raising the size of the Afghan army and police force. Read More

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August 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm

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(READ): Brown pledges extra troop support…

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Source: BBC

gordon brownGordon Brown has promised more support for UK troops in Afghanistan, during a surprise visit to the country.

Speaking from Helmand province, he pledged greater protection for troops from roadside bombs, which hours earlier claimed another British life.

His plans, which include the training of another 50,000 Afghan soldiers, came in the wake of criticism that UK forces are under-resourced.

The Conservatives said he was “woefully slow” in properly equipping soldiers.

As the prime minister was flying home from Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence announced the death of the 208th UK soldier to have died in Afghanistan since 2001.

A Royal Marine was killed on foot patrol in Helmand early on Saturday morning.

On his fourth visit to the country this year, the prime minister said that getting another 50,000 Afghan troops trained by November 2010 would enable them to “take more responsibility for their own affairs”. Read More

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August 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

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