Pentagon announces deployment of 16,000 troops to Afghanistan
Last Updated: Monday, December 07, 2009, 23:19
Washington: Acting quickly on the decision of US President Barack Obama to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, the Pentagon today announced deployment of 16,000 US troops to this war torn country.

"An infantry battalion task force, with approximately 1,500 Marines, from Camp Lejeune, North Carolian, will deploy later this month.

Regimental Combat Team-2, headquartered at Camp Lejuene, North Carolina, will deploy approximately 6,200 Marines in early spring 2010," the Pentagon announced today.

"A Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) headquarters from I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif., will deploy approximately 800 Marines in spring 2010," it said.

The Pentagon announcement comes in less than a week of Obama taking such a decision.

In his speech at the West Point Military Academy, New York, Obama had announced his decision to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan in the next six months and then start the process of drawdown by July 2011.

In its announcement, the Pentagon said a Brigade Combat Team (BCT), with approximately 3,400 soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York will deploy in early spring 2010 to conduct a training mission.

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates also approved the deployment of approximately 4,100 support forces, which will deploy at various times into spring 2010.

More announcements would be made in the coming weeks, the Pentagon said.


First Published: Monday, December 07, 2009, 23:19

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