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Pentagon Plans to Send 1,400 Extra Marines To Afghanistan

Posted By admin On January 6, 2011 @ 10:04 am In World News | Comments Disabled

ADAM ENTOUS And JULIAN E. BARNES
Wall St Journal [1]
Jan 6, 2011

WASHINGTON—Defense Secretary Robert Gates has decided to send an additional 1,400 Marine combat forces to Afghanistan, officials said, in a surprise move ahead of the spring fighting season to try to cement tentative security gains before White House-mandated troop reductions begin in July.

The Marine battalion could start arriving on the ground as early as mid-January. The forces would mostly be deployed in the south, around Kandahar, where the U.S. has concentrated troops over the past several months.

Commanders in Afghanistan and advocates of the strategy in Washington say temporarily adding front-line forces could help counter an anticipated spring offensive by Taliban militants returning from havens in neighboring Pakistan.

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[1] Wall St Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703675904576064021086613148.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

[2] US Marines ready to deploy up to 20,000 troops to Afghanistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-marines-ready-to-deploy-up-to-20000-troops-to-afghanistan.html

[3] U.S. adds 30 days to Marines’ tours in Afghanistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/us-adds-30-days-to-marines-tours-in-afghanistan.html

[4] Extra 4,000 US Troops To Head For Afghanistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/extra-4000-us-troops-to-head-for-afghanistan.html

[5] Pentagon prepares plans for ‘up to 9,000 troops in Afghanistan’ after 2014: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pentagon-prepares-plans-for-%e2%80%98up-to-9000-troops-in-afghanistan%e2%80%99-after-2014.html

[6] UK plans rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uk-plans-rapid-withdrawal-from-afghanistan.html

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