(CBS) U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan could rise to as high as 60,000 over the next 12 to 18 months, says Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen. The war in Afghanistan is one of several topics Mullen discusses with CBS News correspondent David Martin in a profile to be broadcast on 60 Minutes this Sunday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
Mullen recently visited U.S. troops in Afghanistan and told them reinforcements are forthcoming. "I talked yesterday about a range between 20,000 and 30,000," he tells Martin. With the current level at 32,000, that would mean as many as 60,000 troops could be stationed in Afghanistan. "We could [have that many],"says Mullen.