European reluctance forces US to consider sending Marines to Afghanistan

PR Inside
January 14, 2008

Months of pressure to persuade European allies to fill shortfalls in Afghanistan have failed to produce sufficient combat units for the dangerous southern and eastern provinces. U.S. officials acknowledged last week that allied reluctance is forcing the Pentagon – already stretched in Iraq – to consider sending 3,000 more U.S. Marines in April for an expected upsurge in Taliban activity after Afghanistan’s snows thaw. more