US Shifts Afghan Strategy As War Effort Teeters

01/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • KIRK SEMPLE New York Times

Most of the additional American troops arriving in Afghanistan early next year will be deployed near the capital, Kabul, American military commanders here say, in a measure of how precarious the war effort has become.

It will be the first time that American or coalition forces have been deployed in large numbers on the southern flank of the city, a decision that reflects the rising concerns among military officers, diplomats and government officials about the increasing vulnerability of the capital and the surrounding area.

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