US may send more troops to Afghanistan
Concerend over the increasing Taliban activities Bush administration has been mulling over increasing American troops in Afghanistan. In the twilight months before the end of regime Bush administration has approved for additionla deployment of 8000 troops. But Gen.David D McKiernan , the top American commander in Afghanistan, was quoted by The New York Tiems that , he needed as many as 15,000 combat and support troops beyond the 8,000 additional troops.
Defence Secretary Robert Gates says that up to three more US combat brigades could be available to go to Afghanistan beginning in early 2009, in answer to repeated calls from commanders for more troops.
Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee on today that more forces cannot be committed now without extending combat tours or changing troop deployments. But in response to prodding from Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, a Democrat, he said they probably could go in the spring and summer of 2009.
Last week the senior US General in Afghanistan said he needs at least 10,000 more ground troops, beyond the 3,700 Army soldiers due early next year.
In testimony prepared for delivery before the committee, Gates painted a somber picture of the hurdles in Afghanistan, as the US heads toward its eighth year at war there.
He said the US must encourage Afghanistan and Pakistan to work together to secure their border, a volatile region that has seen an increase in deadly clashes in the past year.