U.S. to boost Afghanistan forces

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    January 10, 2008

    U.S. to boost Afghanistan forces
    7-month deployment of 3,000 Marines is aimed at holding off expected offensive

    By Lolita C. Baldor
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon is preparing to send at least 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan in April to bolster efforts to hold off another expected Taliban offensive in the spring, military officials said Wednesday.

    The move represents a shift in Pentagon thinking that has been slowly developing after months of repeated insistence that the U.S. was not inclined to provide the as many as 7,500 more troops that commanders have asked for. Instead, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has pressed NATO allies to contribute the extra forces.
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    US to Send 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan

    Thursday January 10, 2008 5:01 PM


    By LOLITA C. BALDOR

    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Pentagon is preparing to send at least 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan in April to bolster efforts to hold off another expected Taliban offensive in the spring, military officials.

    The move Wednesday represents a shift in Pentagon thinking that has been slowly developing after months of repeated insistence that the U.S. was not inclined to fill the need for as many as 7,500 more troops that commanders have asked for there. Instead, Defense Secretary Robert Gates pressed NATO allies to contribute the extra forces.