US President Barack Obama is expected to announce next Tuesday the deployment of tens of thousands more troops to Afghanistan in order to complete the mission there.
From Washington he insisted his decision will help to avoid the mistakes of the past, saying: “After eight years, some of those years in which we did not have, I think, either the resources or the strategy to get the job done, it is my intention to finish the job.” For almost three months now Obama has been considering a request from the top US commander in Afghanistan for 40,000 more troops to add to the 68,000 already there. American media reports say Obama will settle on 34,000 more to be deployed gradually over a period of more than a year. Obama’s critics at home have accused him of dithering over a decision and allowing the situation on the ground to deteriorate. US defence officials have said that they would expect other NATO members to join Washington in sending more soldiers.