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Latest update : 2009-02-18

President Barack Obama has authorised the deployment of up to 17,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan, Reuters reports. The Joint Chiefs of Staff announced in December a planned increase of between 20,000 and 30,000 troops.

Reuters - U.S. President Barack Obama has authorized a 17,000 troop increase for Afghanistan, the White House said on Tuesday.

 

"The decision was communicated to the Pentagon yesterday. The orders were signed today," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters traveling with Obama in Denver.

 

The 17,000 includes troops and support personnel.

 

"This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires," Obama said in a written statement.

 

 

 

Date created : 2009-02-17

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