Obama seen sending over 12,000 troops for Afghan

17/02/2009 - 21:25

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama was expected to announce on Tuesday the deployment of more than 12,000 extra U.S. troops to Afghanistan, officials said.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the deployment was expected to include one Army brigade and a Marine expeditionary force.

The forces are part of an anticipated U.S. troop build-up that could expand the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan to 60,000 troops from a current 38,000 in coming months.

(Reporting by David Morgan)

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