The total of troops in the surge apparently is a fluid number. On top of the 21,500 that President Bush ordered in January, he now has approved 8,200 more for deployment in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The White House said Saturday that the 4,700 additional troops going to Iraq will be in support roles rather than combat. But the news raises new questions about the surge’s true size and duration. It’s beginning to look like the surge will continue "well beyond the summer," in the words of Gen. David Petraeus, the commander in Iraq.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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