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US Commander Requests More Troops for Afghanistan

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The U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan has expressed hope that the incoming administration will act quickly to provide more U.S. troops for Afghanistan.

General David McKiernan said during his visit to Washington Tuesday that there are not enough troops in some parts of the country -- particularly the south and the west -- to provide security for the local population.

McKiernan said he had requested four additional combat brigades, as well as support and specialized forces, that could total 20-thousand troops. He said his request has support in the U.S. chain of command.

The first of the additional troops are expected to arrive in Afghanistan in January. But the deployment of further troops will be decided by President-elect Barack Obama, who takes office January 20th.


Also Tuesday, the top U.S. military officer said the Pentagon is developing plans to get troops quickly out of Iraq and into Afghanistan to battle a more confident Taliban.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Admiral Mike Mullen said the Pentagon has already identified and practiced travel routes out of Iraq through Turkey and Jordan.

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