Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Marines tours in Afghanistan extended

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced today that approximately 1,250 Marines serving as trainers for the Afghan security forces will have to stay in country almost a month longer. The Marines in question are from the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (in Afghanistan.)

The Christian Science Monitor reports roughly 2,700 people have been killed this year in fighting in Afghanistan. The Associated Press reports that United States commanders in the region have said that they need three more combat brigades – or as many as 10,000 more troops.

Although what they hope or think that they might accomplish with said troops is unclear.

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