NATO Sending More Troops to Afghanistan
June 11, 2006
The Associated Press (AP) reported on June 8 that NATO is sending thousands of more troops to Afghanistan, increasing its numbers from 9,700 currently to 21,000 by November.
By next month, the number of NATO troops is expected to be twice as high as presently. There are also over 23,000 U.S. troops currently in the country.
A NATO commander said the troop increase is in response to recent attacks against U.S. and other forces. "We have been relatively short of troops, of boots on the ground," he said. ""We need to be muscular - robust with those opposing us" he added.
In a recent interview, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted that the puppet Afghan government has expressed concern that U. S. troop presence in the country is having a damaging effect.
More than 400 civilians have been killed in recent attacks by U.S. and NATO forces.