LONDON — British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he is sending hundreds more British troops to Afghanistan, raising the authorized force level to 9,500.
Brown did not immediately give a figure for the size of the increase when he spoke in the House of Commons on Wednesday. The Ministry of Defense says there are about 9,000 soldiers in Afghanistan, although the number fluctuates. The ministry earlier put the number at about 9,150 British troops
Brown says the increase is conditional upon other allies bearing their share.
Britain has the second-largest force in Afghanistan after the United States.