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Levin says troop hike must help boost Afghan forces

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Senate Armed Services
Committee says more Afghan army and police forces are central to
succeeding in the 8-year-old war.

Sen. Carl Levin tells CBS the key should be "an Afghan surge,
not an American surge." He says it's unclear what role tens of
thousands additional combat troops will play. Levins adds that the
U.S. can't win the war "by ourselves."

Levin's remarks are a preview of possible roadblocks President
Barack Obama faces from his own party as he prepares to sell a
broader, more expensive battle plan for Afghanistan. He'll announce
the details in a speech Tuesday at West Point.


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