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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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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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Support troops swell force in Afghanistan
Support troops swell force in Afghanistan

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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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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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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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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Administration officials say the U.S. is falling far short of Obama’s goals to fight Afghanistan’s deep corruption, create a functioning government and legal system and train a police force. (MSNBC — 13 October, 2009)
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