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    Britain is readying plans to deploy more troops to Afghanistan should Washington pursue a larger ground campaign, as advocated by the US and NATO commander there, the British army's commander said Sept. 21. General David Richards, who took over as chief of the general staff last month, said an increase beyond the 9,000 British forces currently in Afghanistan was a "prudent anticipation of what might be required." "It is not an absolute nor a given at this stage," he said during a visit to Washington, in comments confirmed by his spokesman. The Times of London reported Britain might deploy up to another 1,000 troops to Afghanistan. (Reuters)

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