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Mullen Says More Troops Are Probably Needed in Afghanistan

July 24, 2018
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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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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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The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Thursday that questions about the legitimacy of Afghan President Hamid Karzai are a major problem for the Obama administration as it debates a new Afghanistan strategy. (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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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 — 14 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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Active and retired military officers say there is concern that President Obama is moving too slowly deciding on troop levels for Afghanistan. (New York Times — 4 hours ago)
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