December 7th, 2009
11:07 AM ET
7 months ago

BREAKING: Initial Afghan surge troop deployment announced

The Pentagon announced Monday that Marines from Camp Lejeune will be heading to Afghanistan later this month.
The Pentagon announced Monday that Marines from Camp Lejeune will be heading to Afghanistan later this month.

Washington (CNN) - The Pentagon announced Monday the first step in the surge of more U.S. forces to Afghanistan, saying 1,500 troops from an infantry battalion task force at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina will deploy later this month.

Another 13,500 troops will deploy by the end of spring 2010, including an additional 6,200 Marines from Regimental Combat Team-2 at Camp Lejeune; 800 from I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, California; 3,400 troops from a Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, New York; and 4,100 support forces, according to the Department of Defense.

President Barack Obama announced last week he would deploy a total of 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in the surge, with plans to begin withdrawing them as soon as July 2011.

Related: Obama aides fine-tuning meaning of Afghan withdrawal date


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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. diridi

    I am not happy at war, but I will go with flow....majority want to send troops to Afganistan....but we need to pass the health care with public option...

    December 7, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. When will Obama take off his mask.....

    and show us that he is George Bush all over again......Obama was elected but the wars go on and in fact grow........all the body bags that start arriving now go into Obama's column.....who's keeping count????

    December 7, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  3. Billy J..Texas..

    God Bless them and all the civilians headed that way too. I pray for the health and safety of them and the Afghan people. I look forward to their swift return.

    December 7, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    May God go before our troops. May He protect them, and bring this conflict to a close as expeditiously as only He can make it. It breaks my heart to see families separated at this time of year due to war. Reality bites. Godpseed.

    December 7, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  5. Texas Longhorn talks Truth

    As usual the Marines only have a skelaton force compared to the Army's soldiers but yet they still get all the glory. We in the Army know better and so do the Marines. A few good marines does not fly with us. It only counts with brainwashed morons.

    December 7, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I would like to see those troops that will be deployed at the end of spring deployed alot sooner. Good job on the Pentagon's behalf on getting some of the Marines rapidly deployed into the region.

    December 7, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. John

    Not one mention to honor those that served our country and paid the ultimate price at Pearl Harbor, eh?

    Anything from Obama? Did someone forget to put it on his teleprompter this morning?

    December 7, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. JMikey54

    Good luck to our servicemen and their families.

    December 7, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Stop the war

    Bring back the draft!! It is simply not fair to keep deploying and redeploying the troops while the rest of the country goes shopping. Either America is fighting a war or it isn't.....

    December 7, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  10. TJ

    Get Some Marines!!!!!!!!!

    December 7, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. wait a minute

    My best wishes to you all!

    December 7, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  12. www.circleparkforum.com

    From "Progressive Memo: Focus on Winning Elections" (12/7/09) :

    "We have strong reservations about Obama’s new strategy for Afghanistan, but recognize that the problems created in the region by the recklessness and failures of Bush and Cheney will not be easily solved."

    We will support his strategy "so long as measurable progress is being made toward creating the conditions that will allow Obama to begin withdrawing troops by July 2011" and "so long as Obama reevaluates his decision to launch increasing numbers of unmanned aerial predator drone strikes into Pakistan, which is a means to an end that is immoral and unacceptable."

    December 7, 2009 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  13. elliott

    too few, too late....way to go Obama

    December 7, 2009 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  14. Robert J 1

    God bless them all! And may our Democratic leaders have the courage and fortitude to actually "succeed" (winning is impossible) at this ! (I w ould not expect much from the Republicans based on their historical performance) By courage I mean if we have to level the Hindu Kush then we level the Hindu Kush. And then we pray for the innocent collateral damage! This must not be another Vietnam debacle. These "things" (Alqaida and the Taliban) are enemies who started this. Lets use overwhelming force and finish it – QUICKLY and with FINALITY. We can worry about the ramifications later. Our world image isn't very bright right now anyway .We didn't talk the end of WWII to death. We made it happen! We need to do it again. This is the 21 century / not the stone age! Lets fight accordingly

    December 7, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  15. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    To disagree with President Obama's strategy is to agree with Karzai who likes Bush's plan, stay and pay forever with no exit strategy. I support our troops and they deserve to know what their time line is in the Middle East. Republicans who say it was bad for Obama to announce a timeline because the terrorist would just wait until we leave is a weak argument which disregards the fact our troops need to know when they are expected to leave.

    December 7, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |