Urgent call for more Afghan troops

14/7/09

The US commander in Afghanistan has flagged a demand for more troops, telling top Pentagon officials that Afghan security forces must expand faster to secure the country, defence sources say. General Stanley McChrystal – set to make a formal report with his recommendations next month – believes more Afghan security forces are needed, defence officials said. A dramatically stepped-up training program is likely to require additional US troops. Military leaders in Afghanistan have repeatedly called for more Afghan army soldiers and police officers to help secure cities and villages. “It isn’t any secret that commanders want more Afghan troops,” a defence official said.

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