Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Another 45,000 US troops needed in Afghanistan, military adviser says

Times Online/UK, Aug 10, 2009

Soldiers wading in a wadi in Helmand province

Nato needs to change its strategy in Afghanistan, says Anthony Cordesman, a military adviser

Michael Evans, Defence Editor

The United States should send up to 45,000 extra troops to Afghanistan, a senior adviser to the American commander in Kabul has told The Times.

Anthony Cordesman, an influential American academic who is a member of a team that has been advising General Stanley McChrystal, now in charge of Nato forces in Afghanistan, also said that to deal with the threat from the Taleban the size of the Afghan National Army might have to increase to 240,000.

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