Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Surge Headed to Afghanistan?

One can only hope! Story from FoxNews:

A request has been made by top commanders in Afghanistan to send 3,000 Marines to the country, FOX News has learned.

The goal would be to have the Marines in the region by April, the time of year when offensive actions by the Taliban usually pick up after the Spring thaw...

Defense officials are not calling this a surge, rather a specific increase for more troops. Currently roughly 26,000 American troops are in Afghanistan, under NATO auspices. NATO commanders have asked for 7,500 more troops, but Gates has called on allies to contribute the additional forces.

This would be a shot in the arm to the NATO Forces in the ongoing struggle to tame the Taliban. Fresh from their victory in the Iraq Surge, such insurgency savvy warriors would likely spell doom to Al Qaeda-inspired guerrillas in the 6 year conflict.