Britain to send 140 more troops to Afghanistan

Britain will send an additional 140 troops to Afghanistan to bolster the war effort there, the Ministry of Defense announced Tuesday. The ministry said the soldiers will be transferred from a British base in Cyprus to the war zone. The troops will join more than 9,000 British soldiers already in Afghanistan as an offensive against Taliban positions in Helmand Province continues. They are being deployed as the remains of eight soldiers killed in recent fighting are flown back to England on Tuesday. 184 British troops have been killed since fighting began in 2001, including 15 so far this month. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown is being pressured to send more troops and armored equipment to Afghanistan.