According to our information, the Defense Ministry and the General Staff of Armed Forces are preparing to send new reinforcements to Afghanistan. They would form a brigade of three (or four) battalions. This will mean the arrival of additional troops, the exact strength of which remains unknown. Very enthusiastic at the idea, the Americans already speak of the "French Brigade" which should move into eastern Afghanistan, from the valley of the Kapissa - where reinforcements have already arrived in the summer of 2008. This brigade will be commanded by a french general officer and would be given a wider area than that given to the French military today. More in French at: http://secretdefense.blogs.liberation.fr/defense/2008/12/exclusif-la-fra.html#more That was expected and often presented as "a gift" to the forthcoming POTUS. In military terms, several hundred more combat troops should reinforced the FR units already on the ground with a view to creating a more coherent TF of brigade size.