Thursday, December 3, 2009
In the article from CNN, Italy plans to deploy 1000 troops to Afghanistan, found at http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/12/03/italy/afhanistan.troops/index.html?eref=rss_world&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_world+%RSS%3A+World%29&utm_content=Google+Reader , it describes the Italian Defense Ministry's decision to send an additional 1,000 troops to Afghanistan to support the 2,800 Italian troops that are already there. This decision by the Italians was in response to President Barack Obama's call on Tuesday to send an additional 30,000 American troops to Afghanistan in an effort to silence the Taliban and close in on terrorists who use the country as a safe haven. The article also mentions the various troop levels from other NATO and non-NATO members. In the speech given by Obama on the war effort in Afghanistan, he laid out his strategy for success. This strategy includes an 18-month commitment focused on training Afghan forces to be able to take control of their own country and keep terrorists at bay. One of the biggest problems facing the Americans and the coalition partners is a corrupt Afghan government. It is hoped that this new strategy with increased troop levels will ensure that this war will not be drawn out indefinitely. But war is war nonetheless.