Breaking: 12,000 More Troops to Afghanistan
By Noah Shachtman
August 19, 2008
“The Pentagon will be sending 12,000 to 15,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, possibly as soon as the end of this year,” U.S. News is reporting.
A request by Gen. David McKiernan, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, for three U.S. brigades with support staff has been approved…
The troops are slated to arrive earlier than has been previously discussed, on the heels of the deadliest months for American forces in Afghanistan since the war began.
For more than a year, everyone from Gen. McKeirnan to Sen. Barack Obama has been calling for extra troops in Afghanistan. But the Pentagon brass said it couldn’t be done, until forces were pulled out of Iraq. Does that mean a partial withdrawal from Iraq is coming?
source : http://blog.wired.com
[Photo: Defense Department]