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Defense Secretary Robert Gates has endorsed a new five-year, $17 billion plan to increase the size of the Afghan army by about 50,000 troops. (MSNBC — 9 August, 2008)
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A plan would respond to a resurgent Taliban by drastically increasing the size of Afghanistans army and restructuring the military command of U.S. and NATO forces. (New York Times — 8 August, 2008)
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Gates endorses expansion of Afghan army
Gates endorses expansion of Afghan army

The Pentagon has ordered roughly 1,250 Marines serving as trainers for the Afghan security forces to stay about a month longer to continue a mission that military leaders say is a top priority. (MSNBC — 5 August, 2008)
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The deadliest three months for American forces in Afghanistan have pushed the U.S. death toll to at least 500, forcing a war long overshadowed by Iraq back into the headlines. (MSNBC — 8 August, 2008)
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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, July 13 — Nine U.S. soldiers were killed in heavy fighting Sunday at a military base in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border, according to a Western official. The attack was the deadliest against U.S. forces in the country since 2005.

(Washington Post — 7 August, 2008)
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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, July 8 — Investigators have found evidence that a deadly suicide bombing attack against the Indian Embassy in Kabul this week was planned with the help of a foreign intelligence agency, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s president said Tuesday.

(Washington Post — 8 August, 2008)
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