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Obama to turn the screw in push for help in Afghanistan

From Times Online
April 2, 2009
President Barack Obama to turn the screw in push for help in Afghanistan

(Sean Clee/Crown)
Tom Baldwin, Sam Coates and Michael Evans
President Obama is to put Gordon Brown under pressure to deploy more troops in Afghanistan after senior figures in his Administration declared Britain and other Nato allies needed to put forward specific proposals about what more they can contribute for the war effort.

After months of indecision about whether to extend the UK's military commitment beyond the current level of around 8,000 personnel, the Prime Minister faces a test of the alliance he forged with Mr Obama this week at the G20 summit when the caravan moves on to a meeting of Nato in Strasbourg this weekend.

Administration sources said today that although the Nato summit is not a pledging conference they would be talking about how allies can help match their resources to the needs identified in Mr Obama's Afghanistan policy review unveiled last week.

Asked if Mr Obama would be pushing for more troops, an official replied that all America's allies in Afghanistan had been asked to conduct their own reviews to establish the maximum contributions each could make. The official said that would involve the start of discussions about actual troop numbers and the size of financial contributions.
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