General: More troops needed in Afghanistan

General: More troops needed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 3 (UPI) -- More troops and equipment are needed to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, the outgoing U.S. general in charge of NATO forces said.

U.S. stops European troop drawdown

WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- A 2-year-old drawdown of U.S. troops from Europe has been ordered stopped by U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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U.S. plans massive invasion of Iraq

President George W. Bush and his advisors are reviewing plans for a massive, full-scale military conquest of Iraq, composed by Central Command under Gen. Tommy Franks, that would require five ground force divisions numbering 200,000 men, two Marine Corps
RICHARD SALE, UPI Terrorism Correspondent
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David McKiernan
REX2003041010 - Iraq, April 4 (UPI) -- Lieutenant General David McKiernan (centre) Commander of the Coalition Forces Land Component Command talks over battle plans with Lieutenant General James Conway (left), Commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force after the battle of An Nasseria, Iraq, on April 4, 2003. rlw/REX FEATURES UPI.**Europe Out**

David D. McKiernan (born December 11, 1950) is a retired United States Army four-star general who served in Afghanistan as Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) from June 3, 2008 to June 15, 2009. He served concurrently as Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) from October 6, 2008 to June 15, 2009.

Prior to Afghanistan, McKiernan was Commanding General, U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh U.S. Army from December 14, 2005 to May 2, 2008. Before promotion to four-star rank, he served as Commanding General, Third U.S. Army and Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) from 2002 to 2004, where he commanded all allied ground forces during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Forces Command, the Army's largest major command, from 2004 to 2005.

On May 11, 2009, Defense Secretary Robert Gates asked for McKiernan's resignation from ISAF and USFOR-A. Gates said new leadership was needed as the administration of President Barack Obama launched a new strategy in the seven-year-old Afghanistan war. McKiernan was replaced by two generals, General Stanley A. McChrystal (Commander) and Lieutenant General David Rodriguez (Deputy Commander), ISAF and USFOR-A.

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