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'UK may send upto 1,000 troops for Afghan poll'

world Updated: Apr 04, 2009 20:19 IST
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Britain may dispatch upto 1,000 extra troops to Afghanistan to provide security for the presidential elections in August, a news report said on Saturday.

According to The Independent, these 1,000 extra forces will not form part of the combat mission. Efforts to reinforce President Barack Obama's "surge" permanently were met with disagreement within the British Government.

The report noted that the British commanders wanted to send 2,000 to 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan to fight with American reinforcements of 21,000.

But fundamental difference erupted between the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign Office and Downing Street over the strategy for Afghanistan.

The Treasury objected to the additional costs of a fresh deployment, the report said.