Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Ebola in Nigeria: First death outside of Lagos

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Niger: Top opposition figure to be questioned in baby-trafficking scandal

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Canada and Russia exchange snarky tweets

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Liberia: President dismisses top officials who ignored call to return home

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Google rivals Amazon with delivery drone tests

Read more

DEBATE

How to Stop Ebola: WHO Says Cases Could Exceed 20,000 (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

How to Stop Ebola: WHO Says Cases Could Exceed 20,000

Read more

DEBATE

US-Africa summit: Obama unveils $33 billion US investment plan for Africa

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in an explosive atmosphere

Read more

  • France shines in IMF list of world’s promising economists

    Read more

  • West backs Ukrainian claims of Russian incursion

    Read more

  • Obama has 'no strategy yet' on potential Syria strikes

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

  • French businesses ‘hoping for a new Thatcher’

    Read more

  • Syrian refugees surpass 3 million, UN says

    Read more

  • Libyan PM resigns as Islamists set up rival administration

    Read more

  • UN says 43 peacekeepers captured in Golan Heights

    Read more

  • The deleted tweets of Manuel Valls

    Read more

  • Peru seizes record 6.5 tonnes of Europe-bound cocaine

    Read more

  • Pakistan army to mediate between PM, protesters

    Read more

  • PSG face Barcelona, Ajax in tough Champions League draw

    Read more

  • In pictures: Billions of locusts invade Madagascan capital

    Read more

  • Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say ‘I do’ in France

    Read more

  • Erdogan sworn in as Turkey's president

    Read more

  • Assad cannot be partner in fight against terrorism, says Hollande

    Read more

  • New Ebola case in Nigeria brings death toll to 1,552

    Read more

  • Video: 'Neither Baghdad nor the US can defeat the Islamic State'

    Read more

  • Platini will not run against Blatter for FIFA presidency

    Read more

Asia-pacific

Brown confirms 500 more UK troops to be deployed in December

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-11-30

Prime Minister Gordon Brown confirmed Monday that Britain will send 500 more troops to Afghanistan beginning in early December, noting that the total British troop force in the country will then exceed 10,000.

AFP - Britain will boost its regular troops in Afghanistan by 500 to 9,500 in December, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday, adding that with other forces its total would be more than 10,000.
   
"I can confirm that we will now move to a force level of 9,500," he said, confirming that three conditions previously set for the increase, including contributions by other NATO countries, had been met.
   
Eight other NATO members, apart from the United States, had agreed to send more troops to Afghanistan, he said, citing NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
   
Last month, Brown said Britain would send an extra 500 troops to Afghanistan, taking its deployment there to 9,500, on three conditions.
   
These were that the Afghan government show a commitment to providing police and soldiers who can be trained to engage in combat; that British troops are properly equipped and that other NATO countries also boost force levels.
   
Telling lawmakers in the House of Commons that these had been met, Brown said that the total number of personnel including special forces and others in the area would be "in excess of 10,000 troops".
   
"I believe over the coming months, even more countries will respond," he said, adding that eight countries had already made offers of additional troops and others were likely to follow.
   
"As long as the Afghanistan/Pakistan border areas are the location of choice for Al-Qaeda and the epicentre of global terrorism, it's the government's judgement that we should address the threat at its source."
   
His announcement came as a White House spokesman said that US President Barack Obama has already ordered his new Afghan strategy to be implemented and is informing the leaders of Russia, Britain and France of his plans.
   
Obama is expected to announce a long-awaited surge in US troops in a speech on Tuesday.

 

Date created : 2009-11-30

COMMENT(S)