February 18, 2009 BBC World
Obama to send extra troops to Afghanistan
US President Barack Obama has given the go-ahead to send another 17,000 US troops to Afghanistan.
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Afghans fear more US air attacks with more troops – 18 Feb09
As Barack Obama, the US president, signed his economic rescue plan into law on Tuesday he also approved an additional 17,000 US troops for Afghanistan.
They’ll join the 38,000 already battling the Taliban in the country.
Obama said the extra troops are necessary to “stabilise a deteriorating situation”.
But all this came as residents in one Afghan village told an increasingly familiar story – one of US air attacks, and civilian casualties.
Hamish MacDonald reports. AlJazeeraEnglish
Obama orders 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan
By Barry Grey
19 February 2009
President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered the dispatch of 17,000 additional US troops to Afghanistan in a major escalation of the increasingly bloody American-led occupation of the war-ravaged country.
In a brief written statement issued by the White House—Obama did not personally address the American people to inform them that a growing number of their sons and daughters would be sent to kill and be killed in defense of US strategic interests in Central Asia—the president signaled that the escalation in Afghanistan would be combined with an intensified military intervention across the border in Pakistan.
He cast the increased deployment as a response to a deteriorating situation in “Afghanistan and Pakistan,” and linked the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan with an Al Qaeda safe haven “along the Pakistani border,” which he claimed—echoing the rhetoric of his predecessor—”threatens America.”