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Military families react to planned troop surge

5 years ago December 01, 2009 Dec 1, 2009 Tuesday, December 01 2009 Tuesday, December 01, 2009 3:13:23 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Dana Hackett

Local military families are reacting to President Barack Obama's plan to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan.

President Obama wants to send 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan.  That's 10,000 less than the U.S. Commander in Afghanistan recommended.  The President will ask NATO to send the additional 10,000.

Troops will be deployed over six months, with some arriving as early as Christmas.  The new troop surge will bring the total in Afghanistan to more than 100,000.

David Gabel lost his brother, Sgt. Michael Gabel, two years ago in Afghanistan.  Despite his brother's death, Gabel said he thinks President Obama is making the right decision.

"We can't pull out," said Gabel.  "We have to stay and do it right."  Gabel also said if the U.S. doesn't finish the job, the death of his brother and other soldiers would be in vain.

Families against the troop surge said they the war has gone on too long.  They also claim President Obama is breaking his promise to end the war.

The President will make a nationally televised speech tonight about the new war strategy.  It will air on WBRZ at 7:00 p.m.

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