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Obama orders 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan

US President Barack Obama has ordered 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan but warned America would begin to withdraw its military forces by 2011.

Soldiers will be deployed as quickly as possible, bringing US troop strength in the country to more than 100,000.

Senator John McCain, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services committee, said he backed Mr Obama's decision to deploy more troops but not the announcement of an "arbitrary date" for their withdrawal.

The Afghan government said it supported the new US strategy.

Adam Brookes reports.


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