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British Army chief: More troops needed in Afghanistan

LONDON (AP) - Britain's army chief says more troops are needed in Afghanistan's volatile southern province of Helmand, and that it doesn't matter whether the soldiers are British, American or Afghan.

Gen. Richard Dannatt, the outgoing head of the British army, says that larger numbers of soldiers are needed to secure territory won back from Taliban fighters.

Britain has around 9,000 troops in Helmand and has suffered heavy losses, including 15 deaths this month. About 4,000 U.S. Marines are also operating in Helmand.

Dannatt told BBC radio Wednesday from Sangin, Helmand that the "top line and the bottom line" was that more troops are required.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday he wants the Afghan army to provide additional personnel in the region.


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