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February 18, 2009
Obama orders 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai said on Wednesday he spoke with President Obama for the first time on Tuesday — on the very day Obama said he will send 17,000 more Americans to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.

That would bring the total number of coalition troops in Afghanistan to 85,000, including thousands of British soldiers.

Frederick Barton, the co-director of the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins Martin Savidge to discuss the mission of the additional troops, their chances of success and how neighboring Pakistan will impact future efforts in Afghanistan.

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[…] a higher number than inany year in Iraq except 2007. The Afghanistan deaths are on a troop level of about 85,000, while total coaltion troop strength in Iraq in 2007 was about […]

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