Afghanistan

Sarkozy Rebuffs Obama Over Troops

President Obama hopes to bolster the 30,000 new troops he plans to send to Afghanistan with international reinforcements, but on Tuesday he came up empty. The Financial Times reports that French President Nicolas Sarkozy rebuffed President Obama’s direct appeal to send 1,500 new French troops, saying over the phone that there would be no immediate or significant reinforcement to the existing French contingent of 3,750 troops. The U.S. is hoping for 4,000 to 7,000 new foreign troops. So far, Britain has committed 500 new soldiers and Georgia up to 1,000.