US Army chief of staff: more troops needed in Afghanistan
Monday, November 9, 2009
In a US television interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" programme, Casey said he believed additional forces are needed to cut the Taliban's successes and train Afghan security forces. He did not, however, say how many more troops he thought should be sent to the war.
"I believe that we need to put additional forces into Afghanistan to give General McChrystal the ability to both dampen the successes of the Taliban while we train the Afghan civilian forces," he said.
In CNN's State of the Union programme, Casey remarked that "[t]he Army remains out of balance. But we started in 2007 with a program to get ourselves back in balance by 2011. And since 2007, we have added 40,000 soldiers to the active force, which is a significant step forward."
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