Give it to ‘em.
MILITARY commanders need an extra 3,000 troops in Afghanistan to contain the Taliban, according to senior defence sources. They have also called for more talks with leaders in northern Helmand province in an attempt to separate them from the Taliban.
The calls came as Afghan officials claimed that an adviser to the United Nations and a European Union official expelled last week had $150,000 (£75,000) with them. According to Kabul, the men were trying to buy off a local Taliban leader in Musa Qala.
[...]The commanders say they have no problem taking ground from the Taliban but do not have enough men to hold it.