U.S. plans to boost troops, aid for Afghanistan

Dare I say that the Bush Adminstration is beefing up both fronts as ‘under the radar’ as they possibly can? It’s honestly quite a burden being right this often. Alas, I live to serve. Your Welcome.

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The United States said on Thursday it had extended the tours of 3,200 troops in Afghanistan and would ask Congress for $10.6 billion in fresh aid for the country to combat the renewed Taliban insurgency.

The troops from the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, were due to complete a one-year deployment next month, defense officials said. But their tour of duty had been extended by up to 120 days, the Defense Department said in a statement.

Given other troop movements, the extension means the Pentagon will have about 2,500 more soldiers in Afghanistan than planned for the next few months.

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