Pentagon planning to send up to 15,000 troops to Afghanistan.

U.S. News reports that the Pentagon “will be sending 12,000 to 15,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, possibly as soon as the end of this year, with planning underway for a further force buildup in 2009.” In light of the soaring violence in the country, Gen. David McKiernan, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, has said that he has even requested “some additional forces on top of that for the current fight.” The Bush administration has consistently resisted talking about the deteriorating situation there, insisting that there is nothing “urgent or precarious” in Afghanistan. The Center for American Progress has put together a comprehensive counterinsurgency plan for Afghanistan here.