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US Marines ready to deploy up to 20,000 troops to Afghanistan

AFP [1]
Saturday, Jan 24, 2009

Up to 20,000 US Marines could be deployed to Afghanistan after an expected Marine withdrawal from Iraq within six to eight months, Marine Commandant James Conway said Friday.

“The time is right for Marines to leave Iraq,” the top Marine officer said, reflecting on the improved security situation there.

As part of the drawdown in Iraq, Conway said he expected “20,000 or less” Marines to be deployed to Afghanistan, although he cautioned against sending too many troops from the corps to Afghanistan.

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