US may take over Afghan anti-terrorist mission

August 18th, 2008 - 4:57 pm ICT by ANI  


Washington, Aug.18 (ANI): The United States is reportedly planning to take control of all military operations in Afghanistan next year with an Iraq-style troop surge after becoming frustrated with NATOs failure to defeat the Taliban.
Plans are being drawn up to send as many as 15,000 extra troops to Afghanistan with a single US general always in command, as in Iraq, The Times quoted defence sources at the Pentagon, as saying.
The Pentagon is also pushing for a permanent unified command in the south of the country that would sideline the Dutch and the Canadians.
At present, control of the south is rotated between the British, Dutch and Canadians, the three countries that provide the bulk of the troops.
From October next year, when the UK will take over from the Dutch, command of the south is expected to alternate between the British and the Americans.
Although final decisions cannot be made until the new US administration takes over in January, plans are being drawn up to send two to three US combat brigades a total of between 8,000 and 12,000 men, the sources said.
The surge will also see US and other coalition special forces, which operate separately from the Nato command, absorbed into a single US command for the whole of Afghanistan. (ANI)

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