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Gibbs says deployment to Afghanistan will be accelerated

ADVISORY: Due to President Obama's address Tuesday night there will be no KHQ Local News at 5, rather KHQ will air a half hour of news at 4:30. KHQ Local News at 6 will air as scheduled.

NBC Nightly News, which normally airs on KHQ (6-1) at 5:30 p.m. will be aired on Universal Sports (6-3).  US can be seen over the air on digital channel 6-3 in the Spokane area.


WASHINGTON. - The plan that will be outlined by President Barack Obama tonight in a speech at West Point is expected to include more than 30,000 additional U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
     
Military officials say at least one group of Marines is expected to deploy within two or three weeks, arriving in Afghanistan by Christmas. Larger deployments wouldn't be able to follow until early next year.
     
His spokesman says Obama is ready to lay out an end-game scenario for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan because "we can't be there forever."
     
Robert Gibbs also told MSNBC that Obama's prime-time West Point speech also will lay out a faster deployment plan than initially envisioned in a war review written by commanding General Stanley McChrystal.
     
Gibbs said the troop build up "will be accelerated. We're going to get in there quickly" and transfer responsibility for security to the Afghans quickly.

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