- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 10, 2009

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — The nation’s top military officer is telling soldiers that no more than about 30,000 additional troops will be sent to Afghanistan as the U.S. ramps up forces there.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen also called U.S. efforts in Iraq a success, even though, he says, “we’re not done.”

Mullen spoke to soldiers and military wives Monday and sought to boost morale and soothe concerns at the Army base that has seen a constant revolving door of troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last eight years.

Mullen says he doesn’t see forces growing beyond the 20,000 to 30,000 figure for Afghanistan.



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