President Focuses On Afghanistan

February 15, 2007

A progress report from President Bush Thursday morning on the global war on terror focused on Afghanistan.

"We're on the offense in Iraq, as we should be against extremists" said Bush.

While Iraq has been at the forefront of terror talk for some time, this time the President focused on Afghanistan.

"I've ordered an increase in U.S. forces in Afghanistan. We've extended the stay now for 3,200 U.S. troops for four months, and we'll deploy a replacement force that will sustain an increase for the foreseeable future" said Bush.

The White House is calling for an all out allied effort to finally defeat the Taliban.

The President hopes to get aid for that effort in a bill heading to
Congress in the coming weeks. It asks for about 100 billion dollars
to fund operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The U.S. military is anticipating an offensive by ousted radicals and
they believe the extension of troops in Afghanistan is needed to face
that challenge.

27,000 troops are expected to be on the ground there until at the least the spring of 2008 and there's hope NATO will add more troops as well.

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