British response to the U.S. military intends to request additional 1000 troops in Afghanistan (Figure)
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Global Times special correspondent Donna reported that according to the British “Times” 22 reported that the British Government is preparing to deploy up to 1,000 soldiers in Afghanistan plan to meet U.S. commanders Zhu’a Stanley – General McChrystal’s troops request.
as NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, the commander, McCristal proposed a surge strategy, the United Kingdom plans to deploy 1,000 soldiers to respond to this strategy is to move. 21, the U.S. newspaper obtained some details of UK troops plan. Prior to this, a similar action to reverse the surge in Iraq, the war against militants situation.
additional 1,000 soldiers of its scale of a battle, troops, the British soldiers in Afghanistan, the number will reach about 10,000, the second largest after the U.S. troop-contributing countries. The current number of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, 6.2 million, will fall to 68,000 in 2009.
According to the U.S. Pentagon and UK Ministry of Defense to develop a careful plan, NATO will be asked to deploy 30,000 soldiers to Afghanistan to support McChrystal’s surge strategy. It is reported that the vast majority of additional soldiers will come from the United States.
21, the British government insisted that a formal proposal yet, but some government officials acknowledge that the surge has developed specific requirements, once McCristal report was officially announced, suggested the surge and submit the Prime Minister Gordon? Brown and Secretary of Defense.
in his report, McChrystal suggested additional soldiers to Afghanistan to accelerate the pace of training the Afghan National Army. He warned that if no additional troops, NATO developed a new strategy for defeating the Taliban will ultimately end in failure. McChrystal said he left NATO for 12 months, NATO needs to regain the initiative at this time.
British Ministry of Defence has been McCristal a copy of the report, an assessment is underway to determine where to deploy troops should be. Prior to this, Brown, the current 9,000 soldiers in the garrison troops to continue the practice on the basis of the performance was a bit reluctant, but according to sources, and now Brown is in favor of the additional soldiers initiatives. British Prime Minister to change the attitude of the reason is: he believes additional troops to train Afghan army is a logical approach is to achieve the ultimate exit strategy of NATO and the United Kingdom a crucial step.
British government and the military now that the British and then stationed in Afghanistan at least three to five years, and then withdraw the opportunity to usher. After withdrawal, the Afghan army will play a leading role to take over security. As with the Afghan election procedures related to the problem persists, the decision was shelved troops, these issues have been resolved, the possibility that additional troops is very low. British defense officials said Monday, the number of troops who are more likely less than in 1000.
According to a senior NATO diplomat said Britain has a so-called “spare the army”, the number of about 2000 or so, can be sent to Afghanistan.
British defense officials said, during the Afghan elections in 2009, they have been deployed in Afghanistan by about 1,000 soldiers, including 200 against roadside bombs professional NCOs and 700 soldiers, all of these soldiers are still stationed in Afghanistan, will keep the number in 9000 Yingjun the baseline.