WASHINGTON, Jan 15: US President George Bush on Tuesday approved the deployment of 3,200
additional American troops to Afghanistan in the spring of 2008, the Pentagon said.
“This extraordinary, one time deployment” will enhance the capability of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan to repulse an expected Taliban offensive in the spring, Pentagon officials said.
The troops will also be used for training the Afghan National Security Forces.
US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates had sent the request for additional deployed to the White House on Monday.