President Obama has finally reached a decision on a new US strategy for Afghanistan, and is said to be currently briefing other world leaders.
A public announcement by the US leader is due tomorrow, but it is widely expected he will significantly boost troop numbers. A total of 68,000 American troops are currently based in Afghanistan, and that is expected to rise by between 30 and 40,000. Many critics have been calling for a smaller deployment. Meanwhile, the British government has just confirmed it will send an extra 500 troops to Afghanistan. PM Gordon Brown said: “Taking into account these special forces, the supporting troops and the increases announced today, our total military effort in Afghanistan will be in excess of 10,000 troops.” The total number of foreign troops serving in Afghanistan stands at 110,000, amid a resurgence of attacks by Taliban fighters. But there is also growing opposition in Western countries to the military missions in Afghanistan.