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NATO Secretary General Predicts Substantial Troop Increase in Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Rasmussen (via Wikimedia Commons)

While the Obama administration continues its much publicized internal debate over what specific strategy to take in Afghanistan, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday that NATO states and allies will send “substantially more forces” into Afghanistan in the near future.  He went on to imply that NATO would likely adopt, as a whole, a counterinsurgency strategy not unlike that advocated by the US commander in Afghanistan, General Stanley McChrystal.  UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown pledged that the UK would increase its total deployment to 9,500, and further indicated that NATO as a whole would likely be able to send an additional 5,000 to accompany whatever troop increase the President decides upon.

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