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U.S. Approves Training to Expand Afghan Army

Cadets in formation at the National Military Academy in Kabul. The Pentagon plans to train 171,600 troops by October 2011.
Adam Ferguson for The New York Times

The Pentagon has authorized a substantial increase in the number of Afghan security forces it plans to train by next year, in time for President Obama’s deadline for United States combat forces to begin withdrawing from the country, military officials said Thursday.

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