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      Afghanistan Deepens Crisis in NATO Military Budget

      While Gen. Stanley McChrystal lobbied for more European funding for Afghanistan, NATO defense ministers agonized over pressure to slash their military spending further despite a $600 million shortfall in the 2010 budget. The officials were told that US operations in Afghanistan were behind schedule, would lead to more combat casualties, create new financial demands, and "test the patience of citizens in countries like the United States and Great Britain." [NYT, Global Edition, June 11. 2010.]


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