December 1st, 2009
12:00 PM ET

Around The Web: Some increase troops, but Canada withdraws

 A round-up of news and commentaries from CNN as well as other media and Web sites.

The United States is adding 30,000 troops to the Afghanistan theater in the next six months, according to White House sources, and expects its allies will also send more forces to the war zone.

The new  U.S. troops will be sent into Helmand and Kandahar provinces to help reduce open battle spaces, CNN’s Mike Mount and Larry Shaughnessy explain. The first troops will come from Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in North Carolina.

The top U.S. general in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, had asked for an increase of 40,000 war fighters. The Washington Post reports that President Obama will ask NATO to send 5,000 more troops, a figure that would nearly make up some of the difference between McChrystal’s request and Obama’s order.

The Post also reports that the president “began a carefully orchestrated strategy rollout,” by calling leaders of the U.S.’s major allies.

On Monday, Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown said his nation would ship 500 more troops, bringing the British contingent in Afghanistan to more than 10,000 troops.

One country Obama didn’t call was Canada. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was to deliver the news to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, according to the Globe and Mail.

Canada is set to withdraw its 3,000 troops with 18 months, the paper says.  "I don't sense a desire on the part of any party to extend the military mission," Harper said this past weekend, according to the paper. 

The Globe and Mail also reports that Germany, Italy and Poland are willing to add to troops.

 In other news and commentary:

Afghan people tell John Terrett of Al Jazeera that the military cannot win the war.

Columnist Fred Kaplan of Slate says it’s OK that he is ambivalent about the war, but President Obama cannot be.

The decision to send more troops to Afghanistan is the continuation of a war crime, writes Malalai Joya in the Guardian of England.

In Atlanta, Cynthia Tucker of the AJC writes that war in Afghanistan now belongs to President Obama.

Cenk Uygur of the Huffington Post says he no longer agrees that a troop increase is the right move.

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