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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 
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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