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'The chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff has said up to 30,000 additional troops could be sent to Afghanistan next year, more than had been expected.

"Some 20 to 30,000 is the window of overall increase from where we are right now," Adm Mike Mullen said.

The timeframe of deployment has also been shortened, with the reinforcements set to arrive by summer at the latest.

On Friday, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates ordered the deployment of a combat aviation brigade in January.

The top US and Nato commander in Afghanistan, Gen David McKiernan, has requested at least 20,000 extra troops.

There are currently 31,000 US troops in the country, 14,000 of whom are part of the 51,000-strong Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf).'
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