US to Pressure Brits for More Troops in Afghanistan
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2009 3:34 AM CDT
An US soldier mans his machine gun from a helicopter over Kandahar, Afghanistan.   (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

(Newser) – The US is expected to push for more British troops to help fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, a move certain to be unpopular with the British public, reports the Guardian. NATO Gen. Stanley McChrystal will likely recommend to President Obama that the current total of 150,000 Afghan troops should be doubled, which would require more US and British training and support, and that America should boost monetary aid to support the Afghan government. Britain has been pressuring the US to increase financial aid.

"The people of Afghanistan need to see their government rather than foreign powers delivering improvements. The bottom line is that the government must outperform the Taliban," international development secretary Douglas Alexander said in Washington last week. The Brits have 9,000 troops in Afghanistan. "I don't think the public Is up for it any more," said a former foreign minister. "We as a nation now don't want to send out soldiers anywhere."

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Aug 4, 2009 4:01 AM CDT
Why is it that the United States always has to be the fore-runner in everything? Our Allies support us briefly, than theuy leave, NATO chips in a small percentage, and than they leave. When will we learn we cannot Police the entire world
Aug 3, 2009 12:49 PM CDT
Weren't the Russians in Afghanistan for 14 years and left in failure? I think the US commanders have told Obama they need the troop level at 300k for a successful mission.