US military chief wants more Afghanistan troops

US military chief wants more Afghanistan troops

US military chief wants more Afghanistan troops

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:45 AEDT

The chief of the US military says he needs three more brigades in Afghanistan to battle Taliban fighters and train Afghan forces.

Admiral Michael Mullen, says they are currently short of soldiers in Afghanistan and a training brigade is needed.

The United States has urged NATO allies for months to deploy reinforcements to Afghanistan.

Admiral Mullen says violence has increased this year.

This month has already been the bloodiest of the year for international forces with 32 soldiers killed so far.

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