A German soldier patrols as an Afghan boy dumps water on the street outside the police station in Chahar Dara, southwest of Kunduz, Afghanistan on Aug. 26.
The NATO secretary-general announced the increase in troops Friday. The forces will come from 25 NATO countries.
Obama’s Afghanistan speech set a timeline for withdrawal, but some Afghans worry that by sending more troops the US aims to occupy their country – a fear the Taliban may use to recruit fighters.
President Obama's speech Tuesday laid out a troop surge for Afghanistan along with an exit plan, a combination approach that is unlikely to fully please or anger anyone.
The Afghanistan timeline President Obama outlined Tuesday calls for the 'surge' of 30,000 new troops to abate after only 18 months. That time frame is consistent with what Gen. Stanley McChrystal has called the 'decisive' period of the war.
In President Obama's Afghanistan speech, he announced Tuesday night that he will send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. But he's already decided to start bringing them back by mid-2011.
Principle matters, and having an American president who is willing to stand by American principles will mean that more nations will stand with us and share our burdens.
President Obama's speech on Afghanistan at West Point Tuesday is expected to appeal to Europe to match his troop surge. Will Europeans provide 10,000 soldiers?
Like LBJ decades ago, Obama is escalating a war in a poor Asian nation.