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August 10, 2009 5:59 PM

McChrystal wants huge boost in U.S. civilians in Afghanistan

In addition to possibly requesting thousands of additional U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the top American military commander in Afghanistan will ask the Obama administration to double the number of U.S. government civilian workers who are in the country. The request for additional civilian resources will be part of a 60-day assessment of U.S. Afghan strategy now being conducted by Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal. The plan will also propose revamping the relationship between civilians and the military so that soldiers shift economic and political development work to civilians.

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