NEW YORK - Most of the additional US troops heading to Afghanistan early next year will be deployed near Kabul, reflecting worries about the capital's vulnerability, The New York Times reported in Sunday editions. Citing US military commanders in Afghanistan, the Times said the plans for incoming brigades would result in fewer or no reinforcements being available, at least for the time being, for areas of Afghanistan where the insurgency is most acute. The focus on the capital also meant most of the new troops would not be deployed with the main goal of containing the cross-border insurgent flow from their rear bases in Pakistan " something US commanders would like and Afghan President Hamid Karzai has also recommended, the Times said. Violence in Afghanistan has surged to levels not seen since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the country's former Taliban rulers, prompting commanders to call for more troops. US and NATO commanders said the need to protect the capital, hit new Taliban strongholds in Wardak and Logar provinces adjacent to Kabul, and provide security for development programs there were immediate concerns, the newspaper reported. The move would mark the first time that US or coalition forces have been deployed in large numbers on Kabul's southern flank, the Times said. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Friday the Bush administration's review of its policies in Afghanistan was almost complete and would provide an up-to-date strategy for President-elect Barack Obama, who takes office on Jan 20. The new Army brigade, the Third Brigade of the 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, New York, consisting of 3,500 to 4,000 soldiers, is slated to go to Afghanistan in Jan, the newspaper said. The "vast majority" would be sent to Logar and Wardak provinces, Lt Col Rumi Nielson-Green, a spokeswoman for US units in eastern Afghanistan, told the Times. Several hundred soldiers would then move to the border region in the east, an area in which US forces have engaged in fierce fighting with insurgents this year. In an interview with The Times, the president's spokesman, Humayun Hamidzada, said there was no conflict between the January deployment and Mr. Karzai's declarations. While Mr Karzai had requested a focus on border areas, the spokesman said, additional reinforcements were also needed throughout the country, including in Wardak and Logar. There are about 62,000 international troops currently in Afghanistan, including about 32,000 Americans, a military spokesman said, but they are spread thinly throughout the strife-torn country.