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Troops already outnumber Taliban 12-1

• AP
There are already more than 100,000 international troops in Afghanistan working with 200,000 Afghan security forces and police. It adds up to a 12-1 numerical advantage over Taliban rebels, but it hasn't led to anything close to victory.

Now, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan is asking for tens of thousands more troops to stem the escalating insurgency, raising the question of how many more troops it would take to succeed.

The commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, says the extra forces are needed to implement a new strategy that focuses on protecting civilians and depriving the militants of popular support in a country where tribal militias may be Taliban today and farmers tomorrow.

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Comment by William Klepzig
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 Read a little history about the wars in Central America between world war one and two.  At that time it took twenty formal regular military fighters against one terrorist/freedom fighter.  If the number in Afghanistan is at 30,000 and we need 20 fighters, not support but fighters we have 300,000 times 2 or 600,000 troops needed.  We did not win in Central America.

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