Leavenworth Majors Devising Afghan Strategies

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) _ A group of Army majors is working on new military strategies using an increased number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Using unclassified information, the group of about three dozen majors at Fort Leavenworth are working on strategies that could be used to fight a resurgent Taliban and other terrorist groups. The officers are looking to complete their work early next year.

U.S. military leaders have asked for an additional 20,000 troops in Afghanistan, though Defense Secretary Robert Gates has yet to give formal approval. The commandant of the Marines said units preparing for Iraq deployments are training to shift gears and go to Afghanistan when ordered.

Fort Leavenworth's students have conducted similar strategy projects in the past, including preparing ideas for Gen. David Petraeus to use in 2007 when the U.S. increased troop levels in Iraq.

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