Afghan troop deployment report angers Lankan media

President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday said he had rejected a US request to send Sri Lankan troops to war-torn Afghanistan but retracted his remarks soon.

‘US general to send Afghan troop request this week’

The top US commander in Afghanistan will issue a request for more troops this week but President Barack Obama will hold off making a decision as his advisers engage in an intense debate about war strategy, officials said.