US House Speaker meets troops, Afghan president

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January 29, 2007 02:14

 
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai told the leader of the US House of Representatives that his security forces need strengthening, as the two discussed possible US troop increases, an Afghan official said. Karzai stressed his desire for increased training and equipment for Afghanistan's fledgling army and police forces, the Afghan official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release the information publicly. Nancy Pelosi, a Californian Democrat, and Karzai discussed plans announced last week by the Bush administration to ask Congress for US$10.6 billion for Afghanistan, a major increase aimed at rebuilding the country and strengthening government security forces still fighting the Taliban five years after the US-led invasion.

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