Troops Needed in Afghan South

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Published: Wednesday, 03/11/2009 12:00 am EDT

The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in southern Afghanistan says more troops are needed in the area if the coalition hopes to have success, the BBC reported. Gen. David McKiernan is hoping the Obama administration's decision to send up to 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan will assist with the increased need for security in the vulnerable southern areas. His comments came days after Trooper Marc Diab, a 22-year-old Canadian soldier, was killed and four others were wounded when a roadside bomb hit their vehicle while on patrol in Kandahar. The Canadian death toll has now reached 112, the third highest casualty rate after the U.S. and UK.

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