Morning Brief: Don’t call it a surge
Top Story In his first major change to U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama approved the deployment of 17,000 additional troops to the conflict. “This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires,” said Obama in a clear dig ...
In his first major change to U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama approved the deployment of 17,000 additional troops to the conflict. “This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires,” said Obama in a clear dig at his predecessor’s handling of the war.
The new deployment will double the current number of combat brigades ahead of this summer’s critical presidential elections. Fighting in Afghanistan tends to be fiercest in warmer months. Military planners have been careful not to label the latest increase a “surge,” nothing that high troop levels could be needed for years as the U.S. works to build Afghanistan’s own security capabilities.
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Joshua Keating is a former associate editor at Foreign Policy. Twitter: @joshuakeating
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