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CNN: 34,000 More Troops Could Be Be Sent To Afghanistan

CNN is reporting about 34,000 more troops could be sent to Afghanistan.

According to CNN.com: "The military has planning under way to send three U.S. Army brigades, totaling about 15,000 troops; a Marine brigade, about 8,000 troops; a headquarters element, about 7,000 troops; and between 4,000 and 5,000 support troops -- a total of approximately 34,000 troops, according to a defense official with direct knowledge of Pentagon operations. CNN reported last month that this was the preferred option within the Pentagon."

The official also told CNN there is no final word yet, but planners are preparing for this possibility because that's the amount President Barack Obama is leaning toward.

The White House has said the amount will not be announced until after Thanksgiving.

The Associated Press reports: " When he outlines his plans for Afghanistan -- probably next week -- President Barack Obama says the goal will be to "finish the job" there while he's president. Obama told reporters today that he'll reveal his decision on how many additional soldiers to send to Afghanistan after Thanksgiving. He says once he explains what he's doing and why, he expects Americans to be supportive."

We'll bring you more as details become available.


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