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August 31, 2009


NPR - A long-awaited military assessment of Afghanistan by the top American commander recommends a revised strategy, terming the situation "serious." The report was sent to U.S. and NATO leaders by commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal, named three months ago in an effort to curb the rising Taliban insurgency. McChrystal is not asking for additional troops, but a separate request for forces will be sent in the next week or so, sources tell NPR. . . President Obama ordered an additional 21,000 troops to Afghanistan this year, raising the total number of U.S. forces there to about 64,000. Another 4,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division are slated to arrive next month to train Afghan soldiers. "The situation in Afghanistan is serious but success is achievable and demands a revised implementation strategy and increased unity of effort,"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remind me again: why are we trying to rule Afghanistan?

August 31, 2009 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To build an oil pipeline to central Asia.

August 31, 2009 6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need a staging ground for the war Obama and co. are cooking up with China and Russia.

August 31, 2009 9:31 PM  

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