Afgahanistan: five-year troop build-up seen

Gen. David D. McKiernan, top US commander in Afghanistan, said Feb. 18 that the heightened troop levels that President Barack Obama ordered for the country could remain in place for up to five years. Speaking at a Pentagon press conference a day after Obama ordered 17,000 additional troops to the country, said that the build-up “is not a temporary force uplift.” He said the build-up would “need to be sustained for some period of time,” and that he was looking at “the next three to four or five years.” (NYT, Feb. 19)