U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has announced the country plans to add 22,000 more troops to the army over the next three years. The extra troops will be used for the offensives in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gates is also proposing to end the use of the F-22 by the military, saying the plane is no longer useful, BBC News.
The AP reports that the fight in Iran over last month’s disputed election results is deepening, but between religious leaders instead of street protesters. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country’s supreme leader, had backed the results, but has seen opposition from inside the government, including from cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The cleric’s support “gives the movement new life and an advocate within the clerical power structures,” AP.
Four more U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan, making this the deadliest month for troops since the war began in 2001. The troops were killed by a roadside bomb in the eastern part of the country. With 11 days left in the month, over 30 U.S. soldiers have been killed so far in July, AP.