By Greg Jaffe
Washington Post Foreign Service
Saturday, November 28, 2009; 3:56 PM
Days after President Obama outlines his new war strategy in a speech Tuesday, as many as 9,000 Marines will begin deploying to southern Afghanistan to renew an assault on a Taliban stronghold that stalled earlier this year amid a troop shortage and political pressure from the Afghan government, senior U.S. officials said.
The extra Marines — the first to move into the country as part of Obama’s escalation of the eight-year-old war — will double the size of the U.S. force in the southern province of Helmand and provide a critical test for Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s struggling government and Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s counterinsurgency strategy.
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