Mullen More Troops Likely Needed In Afghanistan

09.15.09 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC) -- More American troops are likely to be needed in Afghanistan.  Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told the Senate Armed Services Committee today Afghanistan is the "epicenter" of terrorism in the Middle East.  

Mullen said more U.S. soldiers would "probably" be needed, but did not put a figure on how many more troops would have to be sent.  Currently there are 62,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, with the number expected to go up to 68-thousand by the end of the year.  When the year started, there were roughly 32,000 Americans in Afghanistan.

Mullen said patience will be needed to win the war, but warned the military will need, "resources matched to the strategy, civilian expertise matched to military capabilities and the continued support of the American people."