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Gates on the Marine deployment to Afghanistan

Recently, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates criticized NATO troops in Afghanistan for not understanding how to fight a counter-insurgency campaign. Now that 3,200 US Marines will be deploying to the country, Gates is saying they are there to help the overall war effort and the move is not intended to be a statement about NATO's efforts. However, the Marines are considered to be the most experienced branch at counter-insurgency within the US military and 1,000 of them will deploy as trainers.



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