British PM Gordon Brown has announced plans to send 500 more troops to Afghanistan - but only if they have the necessary equipment, and if other NATO allies boost their troop numbers and more Afghan soldiers are trained. Brown earlier paid tribute to each of the 37 British service personnel killed in Afghanistan since the end of July, among the 221 who have died since 2001. There are currently about 9,000 UK troops stationed in Afghanistan. The news is likely to be welcomed in the US, where President Barack Obama has struggled to persuade even Washington's closest allies to dispatch more troops to Afghanistan amid spiraling violence and waning public support. (BBC, Reuters)

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