11/23/2008 - 11/24/08
AL ASAD, Iraq — U.S. Marine Corps leaders are devising a plan to send thousands of additional combat troops to Afghanistan to wage aggressive warfare against the Taliban that they expect could take years.
The Marines would like to deploy upward of 15,000 troops if Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Army Gen. David Petraeus, newly named head of the U.S. Central Command, approve. Some 2,300 Marines have been sent to Afghanistan to replace units that are returning home after eight months.
On Friday, Gates said he wanted to supplement the more than 30,000 U.S. troops, mostly from the Army, already in Afghanistan. Another 30,000 troops from other NATO countries and allies are also stationed in Afghanistan to combat the Taliban and other Islamist insurgent forces.
The Marine proposal was shaped during a series of meetings in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bahrain in th
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