The Pentagon says 12,000 more troops are heading to Afghanistan.
That includes 8,000 Marines from Camp Lejeune's 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade. The Pentagon says those Marines will deploy in late spring.
The Obama administration announced that one additional Army brigade and the Marines will head to help with the flagging war.
It is the first installment on a larger influx of U.S. forces that have been widely expected this year. It would get a few thousand troops in place in time for the increase in fighting that usually comes with warmer weather and ahead of national elections this summer.