U.K. plans 2,000 more Afghan troops

LONDON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Britain announced plans Sunday to send 2,000 more troops to Afghanistan to help American efforts to train more Afghan troops and police.

The Sunday Times of London reported the measure will be part of a plan to more than double Afghan forces.


"We have talked about (the plan) with the British, but also with those who don't have troops on the ground but understand the importance of this," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after discussions with David Miliband, British secretary of state for foreign affairs.

The newspaper reported American sources close to U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal said he probably would request an increase of Afghan police and army troops from 150,000 to about 400,000, requiring 12,000 military trainers in total.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown had vetoed the proposal to send the additional troops to Afghanistan. The newspaper reported, however, the U.S.-initiated move will probably mean a revival of the plan, as the British government is facing pressure to provide additional forces.

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