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Gates to Boost ‘Enablers’ to Meet Security Needs in Afghanistan

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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday that he has ordered the deployment of as many as 3,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan to meet what the top commander there has described as pressing security needs. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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President Obama announced in March that he would be sending 21,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. But in an unannounced move, the White House has also authorized — and the Pentagon is deploying — at least 13,000 troops beyond that number, according to defense officials. (Washington Post — 14 October, 2009)
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Gates to Boost ‘Enablers’ to Meet Security Needs in Afghanistan
Gates to Boost ‘Enablers’ to Meet Security Needs in Afghanistan

The nation’s top military officer told Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. war in Afghanistan “probably needs more forces” and sought to reassure lawmakers skeptical of sending additional troops that commanders were devising new tactics that would lead to victory over a resurgent Taliban. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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In an unannounced move authorized by the White House, the Pentagon is deploying at least 13,000 support troops to Afghanistan in addition to the 21,000 combat troops announced in March. (MSNBC — 13 October, 2009)
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The Pentagon’s chief is� trying to persuade allies to remain committed to the war in Afghanistan even as the Obama administration debates whether to send more troops. (MSNBC — 19 October, 2009)
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The United States and NATO countries fighting in Afghanistan have told President Hamid Karzai’s government that they expect him to remain in office for another five-year term and will work with him on an expanded campaign to turn insurgent fighters against the Taliban and other militant groups. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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President Obama has not set a deadline for determining a new strategy or for committing more troops to the war in Afghanistan, despite an urgent request from his top commander, his national security adviser said Saturday. (Washington Post — 16 October, 2009)
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Corruption may derail the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan even if more U.S. troops are sent there, the top military commander there has concluded, according to U.S. officials. (MSNBC — 14 October, 2009)
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Prime Minister Gordon Brown hinted strongly that discussions with American leaders had persuaded him that they would approve a modest increase in American troops. (New York Times — 15 October, 2009)
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