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Obama to announce Afghan plan

President Obama is expected to announce he is sending more than 30,000 extra troops to Afghanistan.

It is a political gamble meant to pave the way for an eventual US exit from a costly and gruelling war.

The BBC's Jonathan Beale has had rare access to follow new recruits being trained to become marines at Parris Island, South Carolina. Many of them may soon be sent into battle against the Taliban.

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