US Preparing For Troop Buildup In Afghanistan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A top U.S officer says the military is beginning a massive building effort in Afghanistan to house the roughly 20,000 additional troops, including an undetermined increase in Marines, that are expected to begin pouring in early next year.

Maj. Gen. Michael Tucker, deputy commander for operations for U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told Pentagon reporters that military leaders are anticipating a "very active winter" of insurgency attacks.

U.S. defense officials have said they will build up the number of forces in Afghanistan as soon as they are able to free up troop commitments in Iraq. Commanders in Afghanistan have said they need four more combat brigades, along with thousands of support forces, including intelligence, surveillance, aviation and logistics personnel.

One brigade is expected to arrive in Afghanistan in January. Three others have not yet been identified.


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  • by jed on Dec 8, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    Obama's intention is to reinstate the active draft. FOr men AND women, what are you anti-military whiners going to do then ?
  • by Crystal Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 8, 2008 at 06:45 AM
    People, are you forgetting that it is the soldiers job to be doing these things and going to these places? If they do not wish to go overseas or fight in a battle (part of the job description often times) then perhaps they shouldn't have choose to join the military!! Other countries deserve all the freedoms and rights we have and if we can give that to them we should. Do not be so greedy and ignorant Americans. We using our military for what it was intended to be used for!! Its a bummer, but necessary.
  • by C Location: CS on Dec 6, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    I gree with you sally. we have done enough over there and want all of our soldiers to come home where they belong. this is an outrage!!! the white house needs to stop fighting all of these other countries battles. innocent people are dying becasue of all this.....
  • by sally Location: Fort carson on Dec 5, 2008 at 10:01 AM
    This is B.S Our Troops need to take a break, they need to relax, why do they keep sending out Soldiers over there, We need them here in our home land instead of overseas.!
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