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Gates says more troops for Afghanistan by summer

Defense Secretary Robert Gates Defense Secretary Robert Gates

WASHINGTON (KWWL) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the Pentagon could send two more brigades to Afghanistan by late spring and a third brigade by late summer.

Gates also says more troops could be sent once the Defense Department is able to put a larger infrastructure in place to support them.

Gates was testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday. It is his first hearing since President Barack Obama took office and lawmakers were eager to hear details about how the new president planned to bolster operations in Afghanistan.

Obama has indicated he wants to shift more military resources from Iraq to Afghanistan.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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