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The US military is preparing to send Marines among some 20,000 troops deploying to Afghanistan as part of a major build-up of forces there, a senior military officer said Friday.
Anticipating a "very active winter," Major General Michael Tucker said he was expecting "some Marines to come in" on top of a Marine battalion sent in November. Tucker would not quantify or set a timeline for the Marines' arrival.
Speaking to Pentagon reporters in a teleconference, the deputy commander of US forces in Afghanistan recalled that some 20,000 additional American troops are scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan early next year. There are currently 32,000 US troops in the war-torn country.