Obama Increases U.S. Troop Presence in Afghanistan

President Obama has ordered a significant troop increase in Afghanistan authorizing the deployment of an additional 17,000 troops to take on the resurgent Taliban in southern Afghanistan. The first units will begin deploying in the spring. In a statement released by the White House, Obama announced his approval of a request from the top U.S. military commanders in Afghanistan for additional troops "to meet urgent security needs." The president has approved sending a large Marine unit known...Full Story
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