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Obama asked to send more troops to Afghanistan

A request from the top American and NATO commander in Afghanistan for additional troops has been transferred to President Barack Obama for review and has started working its way through the military chain of command.

world Updated: Oct 09, 2009 23:04 IST

A request from the top American and NATO commander in Afghanistan for additional troops has been transferred to President Barack Obama for review and has started working its way through the military chain of command, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

The request, which General Stanley McChrystal submitted to Defence Secretary Robert Gates last month, recommends adding up to 40,000 additional US and NATO troops next year, according to congressional officials.