U.S. Getting Help in Afghanistan

Several developments in Afghanistan look significant:

The Defence Minister Robert Hill has left open the possibility of Australian troops returning to Afghanistan. Senator Hill says Australia’s overseas commitments remain high, but there is now more flexibility because the peacekeeping mission in East Timor has ended and forces have been reduced in Solomon Islands.

The U.K. is reassigning troops to Afghanistan, too:

The strength of British forces in Iraq is to be reduced, while more troops are to be sent to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, the head of military operations said yesterday.

And so are the Dutch:

The Netherlands intends to dispatch a new and sizeable force to Afghanistan next year. Government sources told Radio Netherlands that plans are currently being drafted for the establishment of a NATO-led ???Provincial Reconstruction Team??? of up to a thousand troops in the south east of the country.

Considering a report of “brutal” fighting in the country, it appears that U.S. forces are either spread too thin in Afghanistan–or they’re being redeployed for an Iranian campaign in the fall.


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