Obama Doubles Down His Bet on Winning the War in Afghanistan

The president deploys 17,000 addition troops, with a further buildup likely.

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The region is critically complex, and it seems to get more complicated by the day. After a Kremlin promise of $2.1 billion in aid, President Kurmanbek Bakiyev of Kirgizstan declared earlier this month that he would be shutting down Manas Air Base, a key U.S. logistics hub for Afghanistan. U.S. officials say that nothing is finalized. But the move signifies a disturbing reassertion of Russian power, they add, and one more problem on the new president's plate.

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