The Obama adminstration denied a report that the US already told Britain that it will send around 40,000 more troops. But it also says it's in the decision-making process.
Attacks are up 50 percent during the past 10 days. Coalition forces have set up a 'tiered' security plan at polling places.
The next year will be crucial, several top defense officials say. The US must begin to show progress or risk losing public support.
Thomas Schweich charges that President Karzai is protecting drug traffickers within his power base, and says the US Defense Department and some NATO allies have also resisted antiopium efforts.
At the NATO meeting in Romania Thursday, Afghan officials are expected to request money to expand its National Army from 86,000 to 120,000 troops.