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      Thursday
      Apr012010

      Canada Rejects Obama Troop Request

      According to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, Canada has informed the Obama administration that it will stick to plans to end its Afghanistan military mission in 2011, "dashing U.S. hopes."  There are currently 2,830 Canadian troops in Afghanistan, and 141 Canadian soldiers have been killed in the war.

      The decision by Canada's conservative government is a serious blow to the U.S./NATO occupation, following shortly after the implosion of the Dutch government and its subsequent decision to pull troops out of Afghanistan, despite American requests.  

      In addition, tensions continue between the Obama administration and the French government over Afghanistan deployments.  The U.S. originally believed France would send an additional 1,000 troops to compliment the current U.S. escalation in Afghanistan.  Instead, in February France committed to only 80 more military trainers.  The subject is so sensitive that White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the issue wasn't pressed when Obama met President Sarkozy this week in the White House.

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