By JASON STRAZIUSO, Associated Press Writer Sat Oct 6, 6:39 PM E
BAGRAM, Afghanistan – Six years after the first U.S. bombs began falling ongovernment and its guests, America is planning for a long stay.
Originally envisioned as a temporary home for invading U.S. forces, the sprawling American base at Bagram, a former Soviet outpost in the shadow of the towering Hindu Kush mountains, is growing in size by nearly a third.
Today the U.S. has about 25,000 troops in the country, and other NATO nations contribute another 25,000, more than three times the number of international troops in the country four years ago, when theappeared defeated.
It’s the same scenario in Iraq, just as it is now in South Korea.