Obama: 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Official Afghan buildup

A senior Obama administration official told The Associated Press on Tuesday that US President Barack Obama will be sending 30,000 more US troops to Afghanistan to be deployed over six months. In his speech Tuesday night, Obama will also lay out a rough time frame, including some dates, for when the main US military mission will end. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the details had not yet been announced. The 30,000 new troops will bring the total in Afghanistan to more than 100,000 US forces. The main mission of the new troops will be to reverse Taliban gains and secure population centers in the volatile south and east parts of the country.